Help Siblings Get Past Bickering

It is almost natural for siblings to fuss and fight at times, but children who've been in abusive or neglectful homes may struggle to overcome patterns of behavior they've learned over time. Even if the siblings only see each other occasionally, precious time can be wasted arguing. Fortunately, there are some tools you can use [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|News|0 Comments

You’re Invited to Our Fundraising Dinner on October 7th

The main thing that Elevating Connections does is to support siblings separated in foster care. We do this via a variety of services, including Camp to Belong, where siblings have a chance to reunite. On October 7th, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., we're going to celebrate the work we do and raise funds [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

A Look at Helping Foster Kids Succeed

Recently I read an article in the San Diego Union Tribune entitled "Setting Up Foster Kids for Success" by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein. The article focused on helping foster kids succeed. The article points to statistics that show around half of foster kids who stay in the system until they age out wind up in dire straights. The [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Carrying the Benefits of Foster Sibling Camp Beyond the Summer

When foster siblings live apart, they may feel disconnected from their family and as though something major is missing in their lives. Gatherings like Camp to Belong are an excellent starting point to reconnect siblings and keep those ties strong. However, once a year should only be a start to keeping the lines of communication [...]

By | July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

How Foster Care Providers Can Think Outside the Box About Sibling Contact

In On the Page magazine, Michael Allen Potter writes about his experience being separated from his siblings. His mother suffered from mental illness, and when the children were taken, they were separated. Potter had a brother and a sister and he talks about staring at people on the subway. He writes: "One of my greatest [...]

By | July 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Foster Separation Impact on Older Siblings

There are numerous articles on the impact of separation on foster siblings. Yet, the impact on older siblings might be more intense. Teenagers tend to have more mental health issues, delinquency issues, truancy issues and placement changes. Knowing where their siblings are and having meaningful contact with them decreases all those negatives. Anything foster parents [...]

By | June 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Summer Programs Instill a Sense of Sibling Closeness

One of the main summer programs we offer here at Elevating Connections is Camp to Belong. The idea behind Camp to Belong is to strengthen families in numerous ways. For most people, the relationship with a sibling is the longest relationship they'll ever have. The sibling is there from day one (or for older children, their [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

National Foster Care Awareness Month

Each May, the United States recognizes National Foster Care Month. Observance of the month began back in 1988, when then President Ronald Reagan declared it. Since then, each year, the President issues a proclamation stating that the month will be observed. The Purpose of National Foster Care Awareness Month Being a foster parent is not always [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Father Unknown Film Screening and Q&A

Come join us for a screening of the new movie Father Unknown on Wednesday, May 17th at 5:30 PM MDT at Curious Theatre Company in Denver. All the siblings we serve deserve to grow up together in the same home. This story highlights how important it is for siblings to be together. We will also share all of [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Spotting Signs of Child Abuse

April is Child Abuse Prevention month. Child abuse is a difficult topic to discuss, but no child should have to live in fear. Knowing the signs of child abuse can help you recognize if a child is being abused and intervention is needed. Sometimes, the parents simply need training in better management skills, but at [...]

By | April 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments