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Marlton’s Samii Emdur wants to make sure siblings in foster care can be together having fun, even if just for a few days.

Emdur started a summer camp 2 years ago that reunites siblings who have been separated in the foster system. The camp, called Camp to Belong, is a 6-day, 5-night session that helps kids create memories and bond with siblings living apart from each other. And thanks to a $100,000 grant from Pilot Pen, the camp will continue serving siblings in foster care in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The full-time CHOP nurse welcomed her first foster child into her home at just 26 years old. Since then, Emdur, now 34, has cared for 12 foster children and even adopted one – her 2-year-old daughter Jordan. Each child had been separated from their siblings. Her hope is kids like them will always have a place to reconnect.

“Being able to exchange birthday presents, make s’mores around a campfire, and stargaze under the open mountain skies is a seemingly simple connection that so many of us might take for granted,” says Emdur. “This gives fosters kids the opportunity to connect and build a relationship they may not have otherwise had.”

April 2021
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