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Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption
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.
Table of Contents
Defining a Sibling Relationship
Legal Framework for Protecting Sibling Connections
Importance of Siblings
Sibling Relationships in Abusive or Neglectful Families
Benefits of Placing Siblings Together
Barriers to Placing Siblings Together
Practices for Keeping Siblings Together in Placement
When Siblings Cannot Live in the Same Home
Maintaining Ties Between Separated Siblings
Sibling Issues Within the Foster or Adoptive Family
Resources for Maintaining Sibling Connections
Acknowledgment(s): This bulletin was developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway, in partnership with Susan Livingston Smith, Program and Project Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. This document is made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Sibling issues in foster care and adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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