Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

Child welfare professionals can make a critical contribution to the well-being of
children who enter care by preserving their connections with their brothers and
sisters. Approximately two-thirds of children in foster care in the United States have a
sibling also in care. For a variety of reasons, many of these siblings are not placed
together initially or become separated over time (Webster, Shlonsky, Shaw, & Brookhart,
2005; Wulczyn & Zimmerman, 2005). Foster youth describe this experience as “an extra
punishment, a separate loss, and another pain that is not needed” (YLAT, 2002).

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