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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama Adult Siblings Investing in Our Brothers and Sisters
Contact: Karen Driver email@example.com
California Sibling Leadership Network
The mission of the California Chapter of the Sibling Leadership is to create a community of like-minded siblings who want to ensure that the love, compassion and care of their brothers and sisters is sustained throughout their lives.
Contacts: Julie Neward (Northern California) or Jaqueline Moreno (Southern California): firstname.lastname@example.org
Sibling 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.
For more information, visit http://www.siblingtree.org/
Contact: Sandra Tucker email@example.com
Georgia Sibling Connection
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.
For more information, visit http://www.sibsnetwork.org/
Contact: Nora Handler firstname.lastname@example.org
Kentucky Sibling Leadership Network
KYSLN 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: http://www.kysln.org/
Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/KYSLN/
The Maryland Sibling Network
Logo coming soon!
The 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 coming in late fall 2015, we will be hosting a Statewide Sibling Conference.
We have a Facebook page and a Facebook group for private discussion. The links are:
Contact: Rebecca Furman email@example.com
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 http://www.masiblingsupport.org/
Michigan’s Supporting and Including Brothers and Sisters -MiSIBS
http://www.misibs.org/ 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.
For more information, visit http://www.misibs.org/
Contact: Jennifer McFarlane firstname.lastname@example.org
North Star Siblings
Contact: Jeremy E. Warring Jeremy@warringdosdall.com
SIBS NH offers sibling support groups to children and youth in first through twelfth grade with a brother or sister that experience developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, mental illness, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities.
Supportive Initiatives for Brothers & Sisters in New Jersey -SIBS NJ
SIBS 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. For more information, visit http://www.sibsnj.org/ Contact: Kara Sellix Kara.email@example.com
http://sibsny.org/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Sibs Special Initiatives by Brothers & Sisters
Ohio 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.
For more information, visit http://www.ohiosibs.com/
Pennsylvania Sibling Support Network – PSSN
www.passn.org. The 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.
SD 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.
For more information, visit: http://www.usd.edu/medicine/center-for-disabilities/family-information
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.
For more information, visit http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/tabs
Contact: Emma Shouse email@example.com
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.
Virgina is for Siblings
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.’
For more information visit: www.vasibs.org (Coming April 2015!)
DC Sibs connects adult siblings of people with developmental disabilities in the DC metropolitan area.
Wisconsibs (formerly Fox Valley Sibling Support Network – FVSSN)
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.
For more information visit www.wisconsibs.org