Two new sibling chapters of the SLN! The SLN is proud to announce that New Jersey and Colorado have formed new sibling chapters of the SLN.
Supportive Initiatives for Brothers and Sisters in New Jersey (SIBS NJ) is dedicated to providing 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. The founders include sisters, Kara and Kristen Sellix, who have a younger sister with Autism and several mental health conditions, as well as sibling supporter, Nancy Nasr. Co-chairs of the SIBS NJ Policy & Advocacy Committee will be Cheryl Crick and Kelly Lestrange. They group hopes to help other sibs navigate the service delivery system, connect with other siblings who may create a network of support, and advocate for legislative reform and social change for and with people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges.
The Colorado state chapter, Sibling Tree, is an organization that was created in 2010 that coordinates sibling groups, mentoring opportunities, and resource fairs throughout the state. Sandra Tucker, Executive Director of Sibling Tree and SLN CO chapter representative, is the middle of two brothers, including her younger brother with Autism. Sandra states: “We are building resources and raising awareness one person/organization at a time. If people could see our siblings the way we do, they would see a very special view of special needs.” 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.
We are so excited to welcome the New Jersey and Colorado sibling chapters to the Sibling Leadership Network!