This section includes resources that address promising approaches for working with sibling groups, including State and local examples.
Sibling Issues in Child Welfare Practice
In Child welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Discusses demographic trends and patterns involving siblings in foster care and summarizes research literature on topics including promising approaches and programs promoting joint placement of or contact among siblings.
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Siblings and Out-of-Home Placement: Best Practices
Groza, Maschmeier, Jamison, & Piccola
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 84, (2003) Summarizes the research on sibling relationships and offers best practice solutions that support maintaining sibling relationships throughout temporary and permanent placement.
Understanding Siblings' Rights in the Child Welfare System
ABA Child Law Practice 25(9), (2006)
Highlights the importance of maintaining sibling relationships of children in the child welfare system, challenges that disrupt sibling bonds, and practices that can ensure long-standing sibling bonds. The article also identifies model programs that preserve sibling connections and explores legal issues related to sibling placement and visitation.
Keeping Siblings Connected: A White Paper on Siblings in Foster Care and Adoptive Placements in New York State (PDF - 247 KB)
New York Office of Children and Family Services (2007)
Provides social services districts and voluntary authorized agencies with a framework for practice to strengthen sibling bonds for children placed in foster care or adoptive placement.
My Brother, My Sister: Sibling Relations in Adoption and Foster Care
Provides an overview of the reasons for placing siblings separately, the benefits of joint placements, and strategies for promoting contact with siblings living in different homes. Discussions highlight considerations for planning for sibling placements.
The Sibling Connection: Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together Through Adoption
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Emphasizes the importance of keeping siblings placed together in foster care and adoption. This video was developed for child welfare workers in Oklahoma.
Sibling Placement in Foster Care (PDF - 368 KB)
New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2006)
Outlines New York State law and regulations that siblings placed in foster care should be kept together unless it is impossible or inadvisable to do so.
The Sisters and Brothers Together Project
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services (2001)
Describes a demonstration project to preserve sibling relationships and increase the number of siblings placed in the same foster or adoptive home.