Children who come into foster care or are adopted often are separated from their present and future biological siblings. According to adoption research, about 70 percent of children in foster care in the United States have a sibling also in care. Children from foster care may experience many types of sibling relationships, including with their birth family siblings as well as children in their foster or adoptive families. In this section find resources on sibling issues when children are adopted from foster care, including State and local examples.
11 Essential Things to Know Before Adopting Siblings
Creating a Family
Explores the ways in which siblings may react differently to adoption in order to prepare parents for sibling adoption from foster care.
Adopting a Sibling Group
Rainbow Kids (2016)
Explains the value of keeping sibling groups together in adoption for both the child and the family.
Keeping Siblings Together
Answers commonly asked questions about the importance and benefit of sibling adoption from foster care.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Ten Myths and Realities of Sibling Adoption (PDF - 103 KB)
Addresses common questions, concerns, or mistaken beliefs that may affect the ways in which parents treat newly adoptive siblings.
Camp Connect Celebrates 15 Years of Connecting Maryland Siblings
Maryland Department of Human Services (2015)
Provides detailed information about a Baltimore County, Maryland, Department of Social Services summer camp that reunites siblings in foster care.
Camp to Belong
Offers siblings placed in separate foster, adoptive, or kinship homes opportunities to create lifetime memories while reunited at a camp.