Lynn Price

Ashoka Fellow
Highlands Ranch, CO, United States, North America
Fellow Since 2005
My work: Reuniting and supporting brothers and sisters placed in separate foster homes to preserve their sibling bonds.

Citation

This profile was prepared when Lynn Price was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Lynn Price founded Camp To Belong (CTB) in 1995 to reunite siblings separated by the foster care system. The camps, initially established to help separated siblings jump-start a bonding process and then sustain a relationship, have become the cornerstone of a year-round program to change the way the child welfare system and communities view, preserve and support these sibling relationships. Their success has helped Camp To Belong become the backbone of Lynn’s effective lobbying force for the rights of siblings as well as a national benchmark for nurturing siblings through the tumultuous foster care system. Since most children in foster care are separated from a sibling, Lynn believes that changing the way siblings are addressed will ultimately change the broader system.

Lynn wants to see a Camp To Belong summer camp—with a corresponding year-round community support organization—in each state or region of the United States and in other countries. She also plans to establish an international, year-round “haven” for reunited siblings of all ages. Camp To Belong is spreading across the country and into Canada. With the collective power of CTB affiliates, their communities, and coalitions of like-minded organizations, Lynn aims to convince policymakers, child welfare professionals, and caregivers to avoid separating siblings, and to help separated siblings reunite.

Lynn’s newest idea is to establish the Sibling Connection Initiative (SCI) to prevent siblings from being separated when families break apart—or help them reunite when separated. She intends to achieve these goals by educating social workers and foster/adoptive parents, and by changing public policy. The Sibling Connection Initiative organizes grassroots community groups and supports their efforts, individually and collectively, to call attention to the individual and societal impact of siblings separated by the foster care system. Lynn views her summer camps as a catalyst for new legislation on sibling placement and visitation, recruitment of more foster and adoptive families to embrace siblings, and enlightened, sibling-friendly practices among child welfare professionals. She envisions a day when the camps are not needed because all siblings in out-of-home care will be living under the same roof or have an accountable, consistent connection plan in place.
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