Sibling Connections currently offers four programs for reuniting siblings who have been separated by their placement in foster care.
Camp to Belong MA (CTB MA): We bring 100+ siblings currently separated by foster care placements from across the state to a week-long overnight summer camp, currently held at Camp Matoaka in Smithfield, ME.
Sibling Sundays: From October through May of each year, we offer monthly Sunday gatherings in three regions in Massachusetts including Greater Boston, Lowell/Lawrence, and Western MA. Gatherings include having lunch and participating in a fun activity together.
Weekend Retreats: Twice a year, in November and February, we offer weekend retreats at a retreat center in Central Massachusetts for up to 30 siblings separated by foster care to spend an enjoyable weekend together.
Youth Leadership Program (YLP): As a part of Camp to Belong MA, we have developed a Leadership and Counselor in Training program for our campers who are “aging out” of foster care. The goal of the program is to provide an additional support system for our long term campers and to invite them to remain part of the CTB family by becoming camp counselors after graduating from YLP at the age of 21.
We work closely with DCF social workers, caregivers, and other stakeholders to screen youth for acceptance into our programs. We strive to be as inclusive as possible but our programs do not offer therapeutic interventions. We use the following guidelines to determine the fit for our programs:
● At least two siblings living in Massachusetts in separate foster care and/or kinship placements (or adoption of one or more in the sibling group)
● 6-20 years of age
● Interviews with the DCF social worker assigned to the sibling group for screening and acceptance into the program
● We accept referrals from anyone but the DCF contact must be provided. To start the enrollment process for any of our programs, please fill out the referral form