Lynn Price

2005 Finalist – Social Category
Age: 50
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Nominated by: Barbara Kazdan, Ashoka program director

More than 580,000 children live in foster care in the U.S. -- innocent victims of fractured families. Already grieving the dissolution of their family environment, these children experience repeated abandonment when separated from their siblings. Although often avoidable, such separations occur in up to 75 percent of foster care cases involving families with multiple children.

Lynn Price was one of these children, growing up in the foster care system until she was 21. At 8 years old, she learned she had a sister. The two sisters finally did reunite as young adults and became best friends.

Through Price's work as a youth shelter volunteer and Court Appointed Special Advocate, she recognized that many foster children were missing out on shared childhood memories with their siblings. With her experiences and knowledge, Price founded Camp To Belong in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to reuniting brothers and sisters. Through its summer camp series, Camp To Belong (www.camptobelong.org) provides special events, emotional empowerment and sibling connection, with more than 2,000 siblings reunited to date. The camp has helped lead the way to new legislation for sibling placement and visitation, increased recruitment of foster and adoptive families who embrace siblings, and enhanced best practices among child welfare professionals. Camp To Belong continues to charge ahead to keep the cause of siblings in foster/adoptive homes at the forefront of legislation and practice.

Camp To Belong is now 10 years old and serves as a training ground for siblings, volunteer counselors and affiliate programs from across the U.S., Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Affiliate programs have emerged in five states, with more planned for the future.

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