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.
11 Essential Things to Know Before Adopting Siblings
Explores the ways in which siblings may react differently to adoption in order to prepare parents for sibling adoption from foster care. The website includes a recording of a Creating a Family radio show episode, which includes a conversation with an adoption social worker and an adoption therapist on adopting siblings.
A Family for Every Child
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.
Finding Adoptive Families for Sibling Groups
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Discusses the importance of maintaining sibling connections in child adoption and emphasizes the need for agencies to seek prospective foster and adoptive families who recognize the importance of preserving sibling connections and are open to adopting sibling groups.
The Importance of Maintaining Sibling Connections in Foster Care
Jernstrom & White (2014)
National Council for Adoption
Promotes the importance of maintaining sibling connections in the foster care system, information on the Federal law that mandates reasonable efforts be made to keep siblings together, three legal obstacles to sibling coplacement, and the potential changes to Federal law.
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.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Ten Myths and Realities of Sibling Adoption (PDF - 103 KB)
National Resources Center for Diligent Recruitment (2014)
Dispels myths about adopting siblings from foster care and provides facts that highlight the benefits of sibling adoption. The article summarizes key provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 that relate to sibling placements.