About what we do: We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues.
Our mission is accomplished by training local service providers on how to create community-based peer support programs for young siblings; hosting workshops, listservs, and websites for young and adult siblings; and increasing parents' and providers' awareness of siblings' unique, lifelong, and ever-changing concerns through workshops, websites, and written materials.
In this thought-provoking
essay collection, thirty-nine adult siblings (ages 20 to 70) reflect on
how their lives
have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or
sister with special needs. Edited by Don Meyer, Thicker
than Water reveals both
positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have
received the lion’s share of his parents’ attention or who now requires
extra support as an adult. Authors include Rachel Simon (Riding
the Bus with My Sister), Mary McHugh (Special Siblings),
Kate Strohm (Being the Other One), Veronica Chater (Waiting
for the Apocalypse), Edgar-award winning author Nancy Werlin,
filmakers Jeff Daly (Where's Molly?), Jennifer Owensby (The
Teachings of Jon), and Susan Hamovitch (Without Apology),
Kim Keprios (Ex. Director of the Arc of the Great Twin Cities), Doreen
Croser (Ex. Director of the American Association of Intellectual &
Developmental Disabilities), disability activist Jeff Moyer and many
(Looking for dates for upcoming sibling workshops and Sibshop facilitator trainings? Please see below!)
Sibshop Facilitator Training
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training. And adult sibs, parents, service providers, university students and others often join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan. We hope you can join us!
Confirmed dates for upcoming Sibshop facilitator trainings and other sibling workshops:
Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Friday October 10 &
Saturday October 11, 2014 Culver City/Los Angeles, California
Westside Family Resource &
Empowerment Center in partnership with the Family Focus Resource Center and the
Eastern Los Angeles Family Resource Center
Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Wednesday, October 22 &
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fox Valley Sibling Support Network
Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Friday October 24 &
Saturday October 25, 2014
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Supporting Illinois Brothers and
Sisters, and Clearbrook
Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Friday November 7 &
Saturday November 8, 2014
Hosted by SHARE
Registration contact: Tom Jones
432-553-5456 registration webpage
Sibling Workshops: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Fathers and Family Special Needs Symposium
Fathers and Families Center
Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Monday November 17 &
Tuesday November 18, 2014
New York City
Hosted by OHEL Family Services (private event)
More trainings will be listed here as dates are confirmed, so check back often! To learn about pending dates and locations, visit our online training calendar
There are now over 450 registered Sibshops in the US, Canada and beyond! Sibshops offer young sibs of kids with special needs a chance to meet other sibs, have fun, talk about their experiences, and have some more fun.
Introducing SibTeen! For quite a while, we have wanted to create a place on the internet just for teenage brothers and sister. We're happy to announce the SibTeen Facebook group! Learn more about SibTeen here!
Support the work of the Sibling Support Project! Click here to see what your donation will support!
About our parent organization, the Kindering Center. A not-for-profit neurodevelopmental center, the Kindering Center provides comprehensive services, crucial therapies, special education, and counseling for over 2,000 infants and children with special needs each year. The Kindering Center is committed to creating and providing superior, individualized, family-centered services for children who have disabilities, special health care needs, or are vulnerable because of abuse or neglect.
The Sibling Support Project is grateful for the support provided by The George A. and Marion M. Wilson Foundation
The names and logos of the Sibling Support Project, Sibshops, SibNet, SibKids, and SibGroup are trademarks of the Sibling Support Project.