Video Report By Angelique Lizarde, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Nearly 90 youth in San Diego County's foster system headed off Thursday to a four-day camp in Julian that will give them time to bond with their separated siblings.
County officials say it is difficult to place sets of brothers and sisters in the same foster home, so there can be long periods of separation. Many of the children gathering in a parking lot at National University for the ride to camp appeared to be aged 12 and under.
"They'll be spending the next four days in the mountains of Julian at a campsite just spending time with their siblings and bonding," said Margo Fudge, who runs the camp for the county Health and Human Services Agency.
Activities at "Camp Connect" will include rock wall climbing, swimming, hiking, scrapbooking, horseback riding, a talent contest and dancing, Fudge said.
The HHSA operates the camp in partnership with Promises2Kids, an anti-child abuse group, and the Rivers of Hope Foundation, the charity of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his wife, Tiffany.