Camp To Belong has been actively reuniting brothers and sisters placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes through Summer Camp Programs and year round events for the past 15 years.
The primary goal of Camp To Belong is to provide a sense of belonging to youth as individuals, and as siblings, giving them opportunities to share childhood memories together and among other youth in the same situations.
Camp To Belong New York, proudly offered by Parsons Child and Family Center is dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes and other out of home care for events of fun, emotional empowerment and sibling connection.
Camp Chingachgook on Lake George is hosting the third annual Camp to Belong NY from June 23 - 28, 2013. Supervised by specially trained group of volunteer counselors, the campers' days are filled with fun and meaningful activities giving siblings the opportunity to experience new things together.
Camp to Belong, one component of the NCTSN funded HEROES Project, provides trauma informed activities to help children identify their own strengths, build resiliency, make new meaning of negative experiences to find healing through enduring relationships.
Nearly 600,000 youth currently occupy foster care in the United States, and 75% of these are separated from at least one sibling. 77% of these youth reported wanting to see their missing brothers and sisters. These siblings do not have the opportunity to read bedtime stories, have breakfast together, cheer for each other at school functions or share holidays – all the things that siblings generally take for granted each day.
For more information, contact: Joanne E. Trinkle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Director HEROES Project: Healing with Emotional Resilience, Opportunities, and Enduring Support