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. When placing sibling groups in the same home is not possible, it is important that siblings maintain connections, when appropriate. Find resources in this section to learn about the adoption of children in sibling groups.
4 Things to Know About Adopting Sibling Groups
Presents four things adoptive families should keep in mind when adopting sibling groups, one of which is being aware that each child will have unique needs, personalities, and experiences. This resource also explains why the concept of instant family doesn’t exist.
5 Things You Might Not Know About Adopting Siblings
Holt International (2021)
Discusses key considerations to be mindful of when thinking about adopting siblings and if it’s the right path for your family.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting a Sibling Group
Indiana Adoption Program (2020)
Presents five key reasons for families to consider adopting a sibling group, including the sense of stability and security siblings provide, the mental health and attachment benefits, and more.
A Family for Every Child (2020)
Discusses the ways in which adopting sibling groups can ease the transition into adoptive families and lessen the pressure and trauma a child might feel as a result of this change in their environment.
Helping Your Adopted Children Maintain Important Relationships With Family
Keeping Siblings Together
Explains why sibling relationships are important to children in foster care. This resource also answers commonly asked questions about adopting sibling groups.