Promising Approaches for Working with Sibling Groups
This section includes resources that address promising approaches for working with sibling groups, including State and local examples.
Sibling Placement: The Importance of the Sibling Relationship for Children in Foster Care (PDF - 122 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2008) Includes facts and statistics, best practice tips and model programs, policies and legislation, websites and resources, and a bibliography about the topic of sibling placement for children in foster care.
Practice Principles for the Recruitment and Retention of Kinship, Foster and Adoptive Families for Siblings (PDF - 375 KB)
Provides principles to help frame an agency's recruitment and retention practices for relative, foster, and adoptive families to help keep siblings together in out-of-home care.
Sibling Issues in Child Welfare Practice
In Child welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Discusses demographic trends and patterns involving siblings in foster care and summarizes research literature on topics including promising approaches and programs promoting joint placement of or contact among siblings.
|Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 21 pages|
|Explores research, intervention strategies, and resources to assist professionals in preserving connections among siblings when one or more are adopted or in foster care. The importance of the sibling bond is supported by Federal legislation and child welfare best practices that emphasize keeping siblings together whenever possible. Ways to maintain the sibling connections when brothers and sisters are living in different homes are also discussed.|
Siblings and Out-of-Home Placement: Best Practices
Groza, Maschmeier, Jamison, & Piccola
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 84, (2003) Summarizes the research on sibling relationships and offers best practice solutions that support maintaining sibling relationships throughout temporary and permanent placement.
Understanding Siblings' Rights in the Child Welfare System
ABA Child Law Practice 25(9), (2006)
Highlights the importance of maintaining sibling relationships of children in the child welfare system, challenges that disrupt sibling bonds, and practices that can ensure long-standing sibling bonds. The article also identifies model programs that preserve sibling connections and explores legal issues related to sibling placement and visitation.
State and local examples
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.
My Brother, My Sister: Sibling Relations in Adoption and Foster Care
Provides an overview of the reasons for placing siblings separately, the benefits of joint placements, and strategies for promoting contact with siblings living in different homes. Discussions highlight considerations for planning for sibling placements.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services Policy on Sibling Placements
Oklahoma Department of Human Services (2006)
Supports the relationship of sibling groups by placing them together in out-of-home care when possible
The Sibling Connection: Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together Through Adoption
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Emphasizes the importance of keeping siblings placed together in foster care and adoption. This video was developed for child welfare workers in Oklahoma.
Sibling Placement in Foster Care (PDF - 368 KB)
New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2006)
Outlines New York State law and regulations that siblings placed in foster care should be kept together unless it is impossible or inadvisable to do so.
The Sisters and Brothers Together Project
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services (2001)
Describes a demonstration project to preserve sibling relationships and increase the number of siblings placed in the same foster or adoptive home.