Considering the Best Interests of Infants in Foster Care Placed Separately from their Siblings.
Miron, Devi. Sujan, Ayesha. Middleton, Melissa.
Published: September 2013
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 35, No. 9 , p. 1385-1392
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This article offers a perspective on the child welfare practice of placing infants and their siblings in foster care using the theoretical frameworks of attachment and infant mental health. The authors highlight issues for child welfare workers to consider when determining if moving an infant or young child from one home to another for the purpose of placing him with his siblings would cause trauma or disruption; and also issues to consider when determining the infant or young child's best interest when separated from siblings. First, the authors summarize the literature regarding attachment relationships and attachment disruptions. Then, they review outcome studies of children residing in foster care who are placed with their siblings and of those who are placed separately. Finally, the authors conclude with specific recommendations for child welfare workers to aid in making such difficult decisions about placing infants in foster care.(Author abstract)
Infants; Best Interests of the Child; Sibling placement; Siblings; foster care; child placement; sibling visits