The Importance of the Sibling Relationship for Children in Foster Care

An estimated 65-85% of U.S. foster children come from sibling groups, and in recent years attention has been focused on the importance of maintaining these sibling relationships. 

The Importance of the Sibling Relationship for Children and Youth in Foster Care, a June 2012 information packet from The National Resource Center on Permanency and Family Connections, highlights issues in placement of siblings and provides a list of best practices, model programs and a variety of resources.

Among the cited model programs focused on maintaining sibling relationships is "Camp to Belong," an international nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting sibling placed in separate foster homes in a camp setting for fun, emotional empowerment and silbing connections. Kinship Center participates in this annual event in Southern California (photo). 

Another resource, Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care, co-authored in 2008 by former Kinship Center Vice President Deborah Silverstein, describes the power of the sibling relationship, what happens to a child when that relationship is broken, and how this can be avoided.

Kinship Center has been honored by the US Congress for improving the lives of foster children, including working to place sibing groups together and helping them maintain lifelong connections. 



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