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Wednesday's Child returned to Camp To Belong, founded by a former foster child for foster children. It's a summer camp where foster siblings can justbe -- sharing memories they never had the chance to.
Many foster siblings are separated from each other during placement. They may see each other once a week or once a month, but...
"The reality is if that one day that they weren't able to share their home. That could be the day of the birthday party, or the graduation, or the intimate conversation, a dinner with the family and things like that," said Lynn Price, the founder of Camp To Belong, and herself once a foster child growing up in Las Vegas.
At Camp To-Belong, foster siblings have one week of summer camp to see each other as much as they want, with no pressure, but lots of promise.
"Just to know that kind of feeling that when we're together that it seems like we can do almost anything -- go on hiking trips. You realize you can't do that without the other person, and that's how life is, you know? You're going to need someone there with you all your life, and really the only person who's going to be there for you, and know you is gonna be your sibling. And that's what camp is all about, to let you realize that," explained Trevor, a foster child at camp this week with his sister, Danen.
Trevor and his sister spent every day together at camp, from eating breakfast, to playing trust games on the ropes -- even having a birthday party for each other.
"It helps us like bring us together, like, 'cause like we usually don't get to spend that much time together, so like, like every day we usually like, while we're here we hang out together. And like we eat breakfast together, and we usually don't have that anymore, so it's nice," admitted Danen.
Counselors at Camp To Belong are all volunteers.
"We don't look for counselors, they find us," said Cristine Lindholm, a camp counselor, and largely the force behind this year's camp.
Cristine Lindholm coordinated this year's camp, and she's become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Las Vegas camper and foster child Regina.
"It's all about the sibling bonding. We all know we're in the foster care system. We all know we've had a rough time, so we don't really focus on that. We just focus on having fun, just doing and being with other siblings that are in the foster community," added Regina.
Camp To-Belong -- for about 50 Nevada foster kids -- was held in Southern California. There are about seven other Camp To Belong locations around the U.S. All of them were started by a woman who used to be a foster child in Nevada.