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Edmund Rice Siblings Camp

Children separated in out-of-home care have a chance to reunite with their brothers and sisters, and it gives foster carers a much-needed respite.

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Bethany Scott

What is Edmund Rice Siblings Camp?

Few foster parents can take more than one or two children at a time, and it places stress on the whole family. For those children separated in out-of-home care, the camps bring brothers and sisters back together for a week of recreation and bonding, supported one-on-one by volunteer leaders.

Many of the children have experienced trauma and have behavioural issues, so the camps give them the support they need to stay grounded and positive, developing a sense of compassion and connection after their distress. The camps depend on the generosity of volunteers to give their time to help young people reconnect with family members, build new skills and create lasting friendships.

Where does Edmund Rice Siblings Camp operate?

The Siblings Camp is in Mulgoa, west of Sydney, but there are Camps all around Australia and New Zealand. A beach trip and other getaways for the kids are often incorporated on each camp.

“It’s wonderful to see the transformation in these kids as they experience the Camps, particularly those who come back as volunteer leaders and help others like them.”
— Bethany Scott, Executive Officer, Edmund Rice Camps

How would Edmund Rice Siblings Camp use a Dreams for a Better World grant?

Every donation helps to accept more siblings to each camp and change the lives of children who not only have lost contact with their families, but are forced to live separately from their own brothers and sisters.

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