campers 2When you’re accepting a child in to your home there are so many things to think about:

  • What living situation did the child just come from?
  • Is there a need to change schools?
  • Are there any medications? Medical concerns? Allergies?

A very important point to consider is whether or not the child has one or more siblings. Fifty percent of children placed in out-of-home care in Wisconsin are separated from at least one of their siblings. As a caregiver you can play a significant role in helping to build and maintain the sibling relationship for the children in your home

How can Caregivers Maintain Sibling Connections?

  • Let your licensing worker know you’re interested in accepting sibling groups.
  • Prior to accepting a new placement, ask about whether there are siblings. These siblings could be placed in other foster homes that can accept a sibling group, in kinship homes, adoptive parents, still living at home, etc.
  • Talk with the case worker about setting up visits when the child in your home is not placed with a sibling. Try to arrange it so that you can work out contact between the siblings yourself.
  • Speak with your case worker about referring kids in your care to camp if they have been separated from one or more of their siblings.

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Camp To Belong-Wisconsin – August 14-20, 2016 – Give Siblings the Right to Reunite!

Camp is only possible due to the multiple volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Camp Counselors
  • Nursing/medical staff
  • Committees: Fundraising, Marketing & Programming
  • Coordinating Sibling Connection Events