Fostering a Child Whose Sibling(s) Live Elsewhere.
Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center (Wis.) Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families (Wis.)
This fact sheet for foster parents discusses how to support a foster child who has siblings placed elsewhere. Signs of grief in a child are listed and strategies for keeping siblings connected are described, including: keep a photo of the sibling(s) in the child’s room, perhaps even some photos of the children together; when possible, set up phone calls for the siblings to talk; if visits can be done safely and appropriately, it can be beneficial for children to connect in person; and for older children, emailing, connecting on social media, and video chatting online might be options; for no-tech options, cards and letters can be a way to maintain connections; and sending photos can go a long way to keeping the sibling bond strong, especially for children who aren’t able to see one another in person. Further information is provided on determining if connecting is safe and appropriate and tips for facilitating a successful sibling visit are provided. 4 references.
siblings; foster care; sibling relationships; sibling visits; preserving connections; promising practices