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Our History

Lynn Price started the first summer camp reuniting siblings in foster and adoptive care in 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This vision grew to include organizations that serve children in multiple states.

 

Our organization joined in the mission in 2008, founded by a Georgia foster parent and a team of volunteer supporters. Our first summer camp served 17 campers in 2008, growing to 81 campers in 2019.

 

Due to COVID 19, and our efforts to serve children in new ways despite the pandemic, our signature summer camp grew into year-round programming. This expansion allows separated siblings the chance to maintain connections year-round. We now serve approximately 50 campers at our overnight summer camp and 50 youth and their families at Family Connections Day Events and our overnight weekend Holiday Family Camp.

 

Because of the expansion of our programming, we changed our name to Siblings Forever in 2024 to reflect the ways that we serve siblings and their families in new ways. 

Camp to Belong GA Founder Lynn & Sister Andi

Our Impact

Summer sibling birthday party exchange
Siblings Forever volunteers at holiday camp

Today there are approximately 11,000 children in foster care in Georgia. An estimated 75% of these children have at least one sibling and a large majority of these siblings are separated from one another during their stays in foster care. This means that siblings may not have the opportunity to read bedtime stories together at night, have breakfast together, cheer for each other at school functions or share precious holidays -- all the things that typical siblings get to do each day.

Most siblings in foster care have a visitation plan that supports sibling visits scheduled for once a month for 1-2 hours. A week at Siblings Forever typically provides siblings with more time together (120 hours) than they will experience over the course of several years while living separately in foster care. Our Family Connection events provide continued connection throughout the year, giving siblings the opportunity to see each other up to six times in a year. 

Siblings Forever has served nearly 900 youth since our first camp in 2008.  An estimated 550 volunteer counselors have given nearly 90,000 hours to nurture and support the kids attending Siblings Forever.  

Our events help establish and nurture sibling bonds. It provides an opportunity for children to demonstrate and experience the unconditional love of a sibling and teaches the value of relationships to children that have experienced tremendous loss in their family relationships. By supporting the families of separated siblings, we also create opportunities for families to connect at our events to help them maintain those connections after our events. 

volunteers in green shirts at camp

DEDICATED VOLUNTEER COUNSELORS SUPPORTING SIBS AT CAMP

550

kids jumping into lake at camp

90,000

HOURS SPENT REUNITING BROTHERS & SISTERS

lake at a campsite for kids

900

YOUTH HAVE ATTENDED CAMP SINCE 2008

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