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Sibling Groups in Foster Care
The sibling relationship can be one of the most important emotional bonds we experience in a lifetime, and it is often the longest. The following resources provide information as well as State and local examples on the importance of sibling relationships.
Honoring and Maintaining Sibling Connections (PDF - 786 KB)
North Carolina Division of Social Services & Family and Children's Resource Program
Fostering Perspectives: Views on Foster Care and Adoption in North Carolina, 14(1), 2009
Discusses the importance of siblings and of maintaining sibling connections for children in foster care.
Keeping Siblings Connected: A White Paper on Siblings in Foster Care and Adoptive Placements in New York State (PDF - 247 KB)
New York Office of Children and Family Services (2007)
Provides social services districts and voluntary authorized agencies with a framework for practice to strengthen sibling bonds for children placed in foster care or adoptive placement.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Includes sample curriculum, information packet, and other resources for siblings in out-of-home care.
Siblings: Critical Life-Long Connections
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Audio presentations and handouts from a webcast aired on May 10, 2006.
Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care: Traumatic Separations and Honored Connections
Silverstein & Smith (2008)
Explores the lifetime importance of the sibling relationship and the traumatization of foster and adopted children who are separated from their siblings.