Supporting Sibling Relationships [Presentation Slides].
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections. Nebraska Children's Summit (2012 : Omaha, Neb.)
Published: August 27, 2012
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This slide show presentation on the importance of placing siblings in foster care together begins by citing research statistics that indicate when siblings are placed together in foster care, they are: more likely to feel safer in the new home, less likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems, more likely to score higher on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), more likely to show more positive dealings with peers and function better at school, and more likely to be reunified, adopted or placed in permanent guardian arrangements. The negative consequences of separating siblings are also discussed, as well as characteristics of siblings that are more and less likely to be placed together, and federal legislative provisions that require reasonable efforts be made to place siblings together and sibling visitation. Nebraska law on sibling placement is then reviewed and components of the National Resource Center on Permanency and Family Connections' Sibling Toolkit are described. These components include: identification of all siblings, assessment of sibling groups, decision making regarding sibling placement together, youth voice in sibling placement decision making, reasonable and ongoing efforts to place siblings tighter, siblings visits and contacts, documentation, sibling placement resources, the courts, and training on the importance of preserving sibling connections. Additional resources are listed, and the perspectives of siblings in care are shared.
sibling placement; sibling relationships; siblings; foster care; research; sibling visits