Adopting Sibling Groups
Many children waiting for adoption are members of sibling groups. Research has shown that most children have better outcomes when they are able to maintain ties with their brothers and sisters. Most agencies work to place siblings in the same foster or adoptive home. Find resources in this section to learn about the adoption of children in sibling groups.
Adoption & Sibling Relationships: What Children Have Taught Me
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Addresses issues related to sibling relationships in foster and adoptive families.
Kids' Pages: Why My Siblings are Important to Me
North Carolina Division of Social Services
Fostering Perspectives, 14(1), 2009
Presents answers young people in foster care gave to the question, "Why are your siblings important to you?"
NCSL Child Welfare Policy Update: State Response to the Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2008 Sibling Placement Provision
National Conference on State Legislatures (2012)
Describes the Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2008 Sibling Placement Provision and summarizes the corresponding bills enacted in 14 States in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions.
Sibling Bonds and Separations (PDF - 77 KB)
The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (2002)
Reviews challenges facing children with siblings in foster and adoptive placements and how to help children cope with separation from siblings.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Presents relevant research and resources on sibling issues.
Youth Leadership Advisory Team position paper: Siblings in foster care and adoption
Outlines the importance of placing siblings together after they have been removed from their birth families.