Every year in the US close to 300,000 children are separated from their siblings when they enter foster care. Sibling House, a nonprofit organization located in Kirkland, WA, has a mission of keeping siblings together while in foster care. On March 22, 2014, Sibling House will hold its annual fundraiser at The Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. Revenue raised at the event funds Sibling House’s core programs, including academic support for children and mentorships for foster caregivers, aiding a growing network of over 225 local foster homes.

12th Annual Sibling House Auction

The Washington Athletic Club
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 Every year in the US, close to 300,000 children are separated from their siblings when they enter foster care. Sibling House, a nonprofit organization located inKirkland, WA, has a mission of keeping siblings together while in foster care. Founded in 1997 by Kirkland residents Michael and Lynne Gaskill, Sibling House is working hard to fulfill its mission and has provided much needed support to nearly 700 Washington children and their caregivers.

Research compiled by the Child Welfare Information Gateway in 2013 showed that siblings separated by the foster care process “describe this experience as ‘an extra punishment, a separate loss, and another pain that is not needed.’ ”

Through Sibling House programs, siblings can stay connected whether they are living in the same foster home or not.  This opportunity is provided through both academic and social programs that allow them to focus more on being children, than living as a “foster child.”  Sibling House’s programs include: mentoring and outreach to homes that take in sibling groups, plus academic tutoring, outdoor experiences in nature, and support for enrichment activities like swimming lessons, little league, trips to the zoo, and more, for foster children.

On March 22, 2014Sibling House will hold its annual fundraiser at The Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. Revenue raised at the event funds Sibling House’s core programs, including academic support for children and mentorships for foster caregivers, aiding a growing network of over 225 local foster homes.

Sibling House co-founder Michael Gaskill explains the positive effects of keeping siblings together: “We have personally seen that when kids remain with their siblings, it carries over into many different areas of their lives. They do better in school, in relationships with other kids and with their foster families.”

Local businesses and residents are asked to support Sibling House and their March 22 fundraising event through the donation of services or auction items. To donate auction items or purchase tickets to the event, contact: mgaskill@siblinghouse.org. To learn more about Sibling House and its mission, visit http://siblinghouse.org or email mgaskill@siblinghouse.org.