Are Brothers and Sisters a Good Source of Support? (PDF - 49 KB)
Portland State University's Research and Training Center for Family Support and Children's Mental Health (2007)
Explains a longitudinal study that investigated the effects of positive sibling relationships on the mental health of children who experience stressful life events.
Keeping Siblings Together Past, Present, and Future (PDF - 335 KB)
Youth Law News, 26(4), (2005)
Focuses on the importance of the sibling bond and shares research findings on the positive outcomes of joint placement of siblings in foster care.
Maintaining Sibling Relationships for Children in Foster and Adoptive Placements
James & Monn & Palinkas & Leslie (2008)
Children and Youth Services Review, 30 (1), p. 90-106
Provides analysis of data collected through interviews with foster and adoptive parents, examining three patterns of placement histories and living situations that appear to affect the degree of contact maintained with siblings.
Placement Condition, Quality of the Sibling Relationship, and Child Outcomes : A Prospective Study
New York University School of Medicine. (2005)
Discusses the importance of sibling relationships and the need to seek foster care placements able to keep sibling groups together.
Real Belonging : Give Siblings Their Right to Reunite
Explores the importance of sibling relationships for children in foster care.
Separation from Siblings : Associations with Placement Adaptation and Outcomes Among Adolescents in Long-term Foster Care
Children and youth services review., 27 p. 793-819
Presents results of a study that finds that adolescents placed alone after a history of joint sibling placements were at greater risk for placement disruption than those placed consistently with siblings while in foster care.
Sibling Connections: The Importance of Nurturing Sibling Bonds in the Foster care System
Herrick & Piccus (2005)
Children and youth services review., 27 p. 845-861
Stresses the significance of relationships that children have with their parents and siblings before being removed from their home. Children who enter the child welfare system may experience anxiety, trauma, grief, guilt, and loss of identity. Sibling connections can have a mitigating effect on these factors.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Sibling Placement In Foster Care And Adoption: An Overview Of International Research
Children and youth services review., 27 p. 717-739
Reviews 17 studies from several countries that address definitions and descriptions of sibling groups in care, characteristics of children placed together or separately, and outcomes of sibling placements.
Sibling Placements in Longitudinal Perspective
Wulczyn & Zimmerman (2005)
Children and youth services review, 27 p. 741-763
Presents results from a longitudinal study that aimed to describe the placement experiences of sibling groups over time.
Sibling Relationships : Theory and Issues for Practice
Explores sibling relationships and the impact siblings have on child development.
Together or Apart? Assessing Siblings for Permanent Placement. Second Edition
Lord & Borthwick (2008)
Highlights factors that affect decisions about placing siblings together, including the impact of policies and procedures, staffing issues, personal beliefs of social workers and careers, placement resources, financial resources, characteristics of the children, views and wishes of birth relatives, ethnicity, disability, and experience of abuse.