Sibshops provide brothers and sisters an opportunity to:

  • Meet other brothers and sisters who “know” what it’s like to be a sibling
  • Have an opportunity to talk about, and to listen to, others’ concerns related to being a sibling of a child with special needs, in a supportive non-judgmental environment
  • Make new friends, learn new games, do crafts, share a meal, and have a lot of fun

Sibshops are for children and youth ages 6+.  The program is open to those who are siblings of brothers and sisters who have special needs. “Special needs” includes anyone with a medical concern, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis; a developmental disability, such as Down Syndrome, a low IQ, or autism; or any other chronic disability or health condition. Learn more by taking a look at our Sibshop Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. 

  • Check out the schedule of upcoming events and fill out a Registration form.
  • Read short bios of the Sibshop facilitators from the Howard Center and Vermont Family Network.
  • For questions or to be added to the Sibshop E-mail distribution list and/or Facebook group, please contact Jamie Rainville or (802)-876-5315 or 1-800-800-4005 x 243.

Sibshops are a collaborative effort of Vermont Family Network, the Howard Center, and the Vermont Department of Health: Children with Special Health Needs.

There is a sibling group that is facilitated by the UVM Children’s Hospital Oncology Social Worker and Child Life Specialist. Contact Julia Conner at (802) 847-2371 for more information.


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