Our Mission

To provide Colorado youth separated by foster and/or adoptive care with shared experiences and memories that deepen their sibling relationships; to inspire them to believe in their capacity to build a successful future; and to empower them to advocate for themselves and their siblings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

Camp To Belong is an international non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes and other out of home care for events of fun, emotional empowerment and sibling connection. The main events are summer camps, now held in eleven states and Australia.  Camp To Belong Colorado became a member camp of the Camp To Belong International family in 2013. 

Supervised by a host of volunteer counselors, the campers' days are filled with entertaining and meaningful activities giving siblings the opportunity to strengthen relationships while experiencing the storybook adventures summer camp provides.  The outcomes also affect sibling legislation for visitation and placement, recruitment of foster and adoptive families for siblings, resources for campers as they journey out of care and lifelong memories for campers! 

Camp To Belong Colorado is thrilled to have found where we belong - the YMCA Camp Santa Maria - and we look forward to another amazing summer camp in 2016! 

 

 

Meet the CTBCO Team

Charolette (Charlie) Lippolis, DO, MPH
Camp Director

Camp Planning Committee Chair
Charlie Lippolis is a board certified child psychiatrist and has been an active volunteer with Camp to Belong since 1998. She grew up in Colorado and is dedicated to improving the health and lives of Colorado’s kids. In her paid career, she serves youth and families clinically and also advocates for system change at the state and national level.  She currently serves on the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the Use of Psychotropics Medications for Youth in Child Welfare. She is dedicated to system change and improvement and this professional skill is well-applied in the nonprofit setting of Camp To Belong. She has served as a Camp To Belong Summer Camp Counselor at member camps and the original national camp held in Colorado (CO 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015; ME 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; WA 2011, 2012, OR 2013). Further involvement with the organization has included: staff training, program development, mentoring youth in transition out of foster care, grant writing and fundraising. Charlie now serves as the Camp director of CTB-CO and is thrilled to be serving Colorado siblings!

Stacey Sanders
Camper Recruitment Coordinator
Camp Planning Committee Member
Stacey is a Case Coordinator for CASA-Advocates For Children in Arapahoe County and a CASA herself. Stacey first learned of Camp To Belong at a CASA conference and has been an avid supporter of camp ever since. During Stacey's time working with foster kids, it has become very apparent that the sibling connection is vitally important for all chidlren, but even more so for kids who are in foster care. Stacey's career has taken her many places, starting with working with adult felony offenders and training Parole and Probation Officers in assessments, to owning her own flower shop and finally General Manager of Borders Books, before returning to the non-profit world. Stacey says that she has found her calling advocating for kids in care and working with Camp To Belong.  Stacey has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a MA in Organizational Management.

Christine (Chris) Baker, RN
Camp Program Coordinator
Camp Planning Committee Member

Chris Baker is a fifth generation Native to Colorado and has always believed in the power of helping others.  Chris was the first in her family’s history to earn a College Degree. Earning a B.S. in Adult Fitness and Exercise Science and Licensure as a Registered Nurse she now manages the Nursing staff at New Vistas at Jefferson Hills a youth mental health service system providing acute psychiatric care of youth 5-18 years old.  After losing both parents at young age, Chris recognized the important bond she has with her two younger sisters.  Chris has over fifteen years management experience and has worked with developmentally disabled children at the Robert G. Wieland School and Autistic children for the Jefferson county public School system.

Michael Martin, PhD
Camp Planning Committee Member

Michael is a native of Colorado, is a graduate of Golden High School, and received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences for Colorado State University.  He earned a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Pharmacology from University of Texas at Houston and conducted biomedical research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.  Dr. Martin has 30 years of experiencing teaching pharmacology to medical, graduate, physician assistant, and nursing students.  He is currently the Associate Dean for Student Services at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado an institution dedicated to providing quality healthcare education while inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity, and excellence. Outside of work, Michael has had the pleasure of serving as a foster parent for 12 youth and was blessed to be able to adopt his only son. Michael is married to Charlie and has been an avid supporter of her involvement with Camp To Belong through their 17 years together. Michael is proud to be able to serve as a member of the Camp To Belong Colorado Planning Committee and serve at CTBCO to help reunite siblings in Colorado.

Tamisha Macklin
Day Volunteer
Coordinator
Camp Planning Committee Member

Michael Rosales
"Big Daddy" AKA - "M. C. of Summer Camp"
Camp Planning Committee Member