For the past 16 years, we’ve been serving Wisconsin brothers and sisters as the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network. We’ve sponsored regular Sibshops® and camps for boys and girls (based in northeastern Wisconsin, but open to all) and we’ve delivered future-planning training and social events for adults and families.
We’ve helped hundreds of children, teens and adults who live each day with siblings with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and mental illness connect with resources and each other to help them throughout their lifelong journey.
Now, because of our mission and the encouragement of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, we’ve broadened our identity. As WisconSibs and WisconSibs/Fox Valley:
To foster a community of support and understanding for brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs.
Siblings will thrive throughout their unique life-long journey.
We focus on siblings and believe that when the voices of siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses are heard, individual families, communities and society benefit as a whole.
We believe brothers and sisters have perspectives that are unique from other family members, service providers, funders or government agencies, and those perspectives are critical to ensure the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses. We are prepared to listen and serve as a voice for the interests of these siblings.
We know that for most, the sibling journey is life-long, beginning in childhood. Therefore, siblings of all ages need information, opportunities for emotional support and sharing, and leadership guidance to advocate for their needs and the needs of their brothers and sisters with disabilities.
We respect siblings in their choice to be lovingly involved at whatever level and in whatever way they choose.
We believe the family is the most important support system and can best help children – in particular children growing up with siblings who have developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses – if provided with information, services, and encouragement.
WisconSibs connects siblings of people with disabilities with each other, and with resources to help them throughout their lifelong journey.