How to Connect With Your Brothers and Sisters: Information for Youth, Parents and Caregivers.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Booklet State Resource
Published: July 2014
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
406 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
Intended for youth, parents, and caregivers involved in child welfare services, this booklet explains the rights of children to be with their brothers and sisters while they are in placement and how the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services supports sibling relationships. It begins by explaining siblings should be placed together in the same home when possible, and should be placed with caregivers who will support frequent sibling contact and visits. The rights of youth are then reviewed and the development of a Visitation and Contact Plan and a Post Permanency Siblings Contact Agreement is explained. Answers to frequently asked questions about sibling contact are then provided and youth are urged to self-advocate. The important role of parents and legal guardians in helping children develop strong relationships with one another is also discussed, and resources are listed for obtaining additional information about maintaining sibling relationships.
siblings; sibling relationships; sibling visits; foster care; adoption; foster children; adopted children; Illinois