State Chapters

We have created a guide for state chapters, which includes how to start, develop and sustain a chapter. Download it here: SLN Chapter Guide

To get in touch with any of the state chapters listed below, please contact the SLN Chair of Network Development, Erin Hutzelman at: chapter.inquiries@siblingleadership.org

A map highlighting chapters of the Sibling Leadership Network

 


Alabama

Alabama Adult Siblings Investing in Our Brothers and Sisters

We support siblings as family members in their efforts to assist their siblings with disabilities to live the happy, successful, and productive lives.

Contact: Karen Driver, kdriver@dciservice.com

For more information, visit the Facebook Page

Arizona

SibLink

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SibLink is a community of people who have brothers and sisters with special needs. Our members support one another by sharing experiences, knowledge, and resources. Together, we are more effective advocates for our siblings, our families, and ourselves.

Contact: Nicole Zillmer, siblinkofarizona@gmail.com

For more information, visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570145923285451/
Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Special-Needs-Siblings-SibLink/

California

California Sibling Leadership Network

CASLN California chapterCaliforniaSibs (The California Sibling Leadership Network) is rapidly growing to Inform, Support and Advocate with California Sibs. Our immediate focus is on providing meet-ups for adult Sibs, speaking at events for both families and the service provider community, and building a guide to the complex services available for our siblings in California. Come join us, or stay in touch via our website or social media links below.

Contacts: Julie Neward (Northern California) or Jaqueline Moreno (Southern California), Info@CaliforniaSibs.org

For more information, visit:
Webpage: www.californiasibs.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/californiasibs
Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/CaliforniaSibs/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/californiasibs/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SibsCalifornia
    Use Hashtags: #CaliforniaSibs, #CASLN

Colorado

Sibling Tree

SiblingTree_logoSibling Tree is an organization that was created in 2010 that coordinates sibling groups, mentoring opportunities, and resource fairs throughout the state. Sibling Tree’s purpose is to build resources for siblings, safe places to talk and be understood and have activities that are just for the siblings. Sibling Tree is a place for siblings to meet with other siblings to laugh and share about the unique life we live as siblings.

Contact: Sandra Tucker, sandra@siblingtree.org

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

Georgia

Georgia Sibling Connection

The mission of the Georgia Sibling Connection is to connect siblings of individuals with and without disabilities into conversations of creating a more just, and whole community for our families.

For more information, visit the Facebook Group

Illinois

Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters – S.I.B.S.

SIBS, Inc. is a non-profit that supports people of all ages in Illinois that have a sibling with special needs. SIBS conducts a variety of Sibshops, trainings, and gatherings for siblings and their families.

Contact: Nora Handler, handler55@aol.com

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Group

Kentucky

Kentucky Sibling Leadership Network

KYSLN logoKYSLN is dedicated to providing siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their families.

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Group

Maryland

The Maryland Sibling Network

Maryland Sibling NetworkThe Maryland Sibling Network began officially meeting in January 2014. We are a growing group of siblings of various ages and backgrounds. The Maryland Sibling Support Network is designed to assist adult siblings in connecting — in person and online — with other siblings who “get it” for support and information sharing.

Approximately 15 siblings make up the core group but we are continuing to grow.  We also have a few parents with young siblings, and professionals joining us at events and meetings.

We have hosted 2 Sibling Panels, a sibling “meet and greet” lunch and a Statewide Sibling Conference.

Contact: Rebecca Furman, rfurma1@gmail.com

For more information, visit the Facebook Page and Facebook Group

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Sibling Support Network – MSSN

Our goal is to support siblings of people with disabilities in Massachusetts.   We offer this  support across your lifespan and we provide information, create welcoming communities for siblings, and improve access to sibling services.

 

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

Michigan

Michigan’s Supporting and Including Brothers and Sisters -MiSIBS

Michigan SIBS exists to provide adult siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, resources, and support to advocate with/and for their brothers and sisters to promote leadership roles of siblings within the disability community.

Contact: Jennifer McFarlane jennifer.l.mcfarlane@gmail.com

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

 

New Jersey

Supportive Initiatives for Brothers & Sisters in New Jersey -SIBS NJ

SIBS NJ logoSIBS NJ is a volunteer organization based in Northern New Jersey dedicated to providing the siblings of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health conditions with information and support. Comprised and organized by siblings and sibling supporters, SIBS NJ seeks to help siblings connect with one another and to the resources they need to help them and their siblings with disabilities live full, meaningful lives.

Contact: Kara Sellix, Kara.sibsnj@gmail.com

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

New York

Sibs NY

SibsNY is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing the siblings of individuals with intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities with information and support. Connects siblings to services, resources, and events in the area.

Contact: Lindsay Hyland, lkennedy28@gmail.com

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Group

North Carolina

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NC Sibs is a group of adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities and the genesis of NC’s very own chapter of the National Sibling Leadership Network. The purpose is to connect siblings with one another to provide support and information specific to the unique aspects of the adult sibling relationship. The network is currently being facilitated and grown by First In Families of NC as part of a three year initiative funded by the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities. NC Sibs seeks to provide support to adult siblings on a wide range of topics determined by members – including future planning workshops, resource sharing and increased connectedness (through in person meetings throughout NC, monthly conference calls, private support groups and the planning of a statewide conference for siblings to be held in the Spring of 2017). Visit the NC Sibs Facebook group to learn more.

Contact: Betsy MacMichael betsym@fifnc.org

For more information visit the Facebook page.

Ohio

Ohio Sibs Special Initiatives by Brothers & Sisters

Ohio Sibs - Special Initiatives by brothers and sistersOhio SIBS provides a unified voice and partner for Ohio adult siblings of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Ohio SIBS focuses on advocacy, education, leadership and supports to enhance quality of life, improve public policy and increase services and supports for adult siblings and their families. Holds an annual conference in November.

Contact: Executive Director Bobbi Montenegro at rmontenegro@neo.rr.com or
Sarah Hall, sahall@ashland.edu

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Sibling Support Network – PSSN

PSSN logoThe mission of the Pennsylvania Sibling Support Network is to unite and support siblings with their brothers and sisters who have mental, physical and intellectual disabilities.

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

 

South Dakota

SD SIBS logoSD Sibs – Support and Inspire Our Brothers and Sisters

Families of individuals with special needs are a main source of support for them throughout their life course. Families are often required to learn how to navigate many systems including guardianship, financial planning, medical resources, as well as community living, recreation, and work opportunities, to ensure their loved one has access to a healthy and happy life. When parents are no longer able to provide this level of support, it is typical that an adult sibling would step into that role.

In an effort to support siblings of adults with disabilities, SD SIBS was formed through a joint effort between USD Center for Disabilities and SD Parent Connection. This group is dedicated to

  • supporting individuals who have a sibling with a disability
  • addressing the needs, challenges, and successes for siblings in South Dakota and the surrounding area.

Contact: Sara Hansen, sara.hansen@siblingleadership.org

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

Tennessee

Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters – TABS

Connected with the Vanderbilt Family Outreach Center and Disability Services, TABS connects siblings of people with disabilities to other siblings and provides activities to educate siblings about issues that affect adult brothers and sisters.

Contact: Emma Shouse, emma.shouse@tn.gov

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

Utah

Utah Adult Brothers and Sisters – UTABS

Utah Adult Brothers and Sisters  provides opportunities for the adult siblings of individuals living with a disability to find support and answers as they address the joys and challenges of supporting their sibling.

Contact: Alicia Poore, mrs.aliciapoore@gmail.com or
Joan Venema, joani_55@hotmail.com

For more information, visit the Facebook Page

Virginia

Virgina is for Siblings

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Our vision is for siblings of people with disabilities to form connections, share lived experiences, access information, utilize resources, and advocate collectively.

This is accomplished by Virginia is for Siblings through providing information, resources, and systems navigation;  hosting educational opportunities and social events; acting as a unified voice for improving public policy and increasing services and supports for people with disabilities and their families; and facilitating connections to people who have “walked in your shoes.”

Contact: Dana Yarbrough, Center for Family Involvement, (804) 828-0352 dvyarbrough@vcu.edu, Becky King, Arc of Virginia, (804) 649-8481 rking@thearcofva.org

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page

Washington State

WSSN strives to connect siblings of individuals with disabilities, creating a community of sibs who can support each other and share information and resources to address issues important to them and their families.

For more information, join the Facebook Group

Washington, D.C.

DC SIBS

DC Sibs connects adult siblings of people with developmental disabilities in the DC metropolitan area.

For more information, visit the Facebook Page

Wisconsin

Wisconsibs (formerly Fox Valley Sibling Support Network – FVSSN)

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Established in 1998, Wisconsibs focuses on the issues faced by individuals who have brothers and sisters with disabilities. Wisconsibs plans and operates regularly scheduled Sibshops, sibling camps and provides information, peer support and social activities for adult siblings.

Contact: info@wisconsibs.org

For more information, visit the Website and Facebook Page