Sibling Connections’ mission is to support the creation of enduring family relationships and community connections for sisters and brothers separated by the foster care system in Massachusetts.
Our vision is for every child who is removed from their home and placed in the foster care system to maintain their sibling bond and be rooted in and surrounded by a community caring people invested in their health and well being. Make your secure gift now.
Sibling Connections is one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100k for 100” program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 597 applicants during a competitive review process.
Sibling Connections staff, board and over 100 dedicated volunteers create year-round programming including Camp to Belong, Sibling Sundays and Weekend Retreats to bring together siblings who have been separated by foster care placements in Massachusetts.
Representing Sibling Connections, Executive Director, Cynthia Dantas and Board Member, Wendy Perlman will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $220 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.
The $100k for 100 grant is a game changer for Sibling Connections! With this funding we will expand our services, increasing the number of children in Massachusetts foster care who will be able to participate in Sibling Sundays and Weekend Retreats. These programs bring together siblings for fun, recreation and family repair activities so important to a child’s sense of identity and belonging. Since 2012, the number of children in foster care in Massachusetts has risen 56%, and often siblings are placed separately. Maintaining sibling connections is vital to assuring better outcomes for youth in foster care.
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through his place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.