Camp to Belong is a non-profit whose mission is to “return brothers and sisters who are placed in separate foster homes or other out of home care for events of fun, emotional empowerment and much needed sibling connection”. They are also attempting to raise awareness of the importance of keeping siblings together in foster care so that social workers and the Department of Children’s Services will make it a higher priority. The connection and emotional support siblings get from each other during trying times is something that CASA volunteers understand. If it is in the best interest of the child to stay with his/her sibling then that’s what CASA volunteers fight for. At CASA we believe in finding safe and permanent homes, but we also believe in preserving the emotional and mental stability of the child and nourishing them so that they grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults. This is a mission we share with Camp to Belong.
The closest camp to Nashville is in Rutledge, Georgia. They have eight other locations that can be found at their website linked below. The camp counselors are normally volunteers that donate a week of their time and attention to gain an enriching experience with these happy siblings. The organization was founded in 1995 by Lynn Price who says she and her sister had no memories of when they were kids. The hole in her childhood inspired her to establish Camp to Belong so that others wouldn’t have to grow up with the same hole.
You can read the full article at NY Times.
-Meg, CASA Nashville