Many children in foster care are members of sibling groups. Child welfare professionals recognize the importance of sibling bonds and often seek adoptive families that will keep brothers and sisters together. This section provides resources that help professionals preserve connections among siblings.
10 Top Tips for Placing Siblings
Explores key principles involved in placing sibling groups in out-of-home care.
Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the Family
Provides information and strategies for integrating traumatized children into families whose composition already includes typically developing children, exploring challenges siblings face, from preadoption through postadoption and into adulthood.
Child/Youth Assessment and Preparation
National Resource Center for Adoption
In Adoption Competency Curriculum: Trainer's Guide
Includes trainer preparation materials for a module that focuses on caseworker roles, policies, and procedures in child/youth assessment and preparation, older child and youth adoption, transitioning children and youth from foster care to adoption, and the adoption of sibling groups. Also available: Participant's Handbook
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 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, in an information packet, facts and statistics, best practice tips and model programs, policies and legislation, websites and resources, and a bibliography for the topic of sibling placement for children in foster care.
Ten Myths and Realities of Sibling Adoption
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Dispels myths about adopting siblings from foster care and provides facts that highlight the benefits of sibling adoption. The article also summarizes key provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 that relate to sibling placements.