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Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

Approximately two-thirds of children in foster care in the United States have a sibling also in care.

This resource, from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, helps professionals understand the importance of sibling relationships and the problems that may arrise in permanency and adoption. 

In this resource, you will find information on the following: 

  • Defining a sibling relationship
  • Legal framework for protecting sibling connections
  • The importance of siblings
  • Sibling relationships in abusive or neglectful families
  • Benefits of placing siblings together
  • Barriers to placing siblings together
  • Practices for keeping siblings together in placement
  • When siblings cannot live in the same home
  • Maintaining ties between separated siblings
  • Sibling issues within the foster or adoptive family

Click on the link below to start discovering more on these topics.


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