Today we are going to talk about why it’s important to try to keep sibling groups together. We know that it is not always possible to keep a sibling group together, but we wanted to talk about some of the benefits it can have if you are able to.
The National Center for Youth Law explains that when entering the foster care system, children can lose their sense of identity and feel detached from their culture. They can feel lost and become anxious as they are experiencing a lot of change and uncertainty. These feelings can be subsided in the rare circumstances when siblings can remain together in the foster care system. The National Center for Youth Law also found that sibling groups that stay together can help each other “provide emotional support, companionship, and comfort”. By keeping siblings together, they can help each other through this emotionally challenging time with their shared experience and support.
These children’s lives have just been altered in a major way, so by keeping them with their siblings, you will help relieve that stress a bit and keep some sense of normalcy in this uncertain time. By being together they provide emotional support for each other while keeping their biological connection strong. This offers youth that are part of a sibling group more stability and a sense of safety. In most cases, siblings placed together are more resilient, feel safe to share their experiences, and begin to understand love is unconditional.
It is also important to assess each situation individually because in rare cases it is better to separate siblings. For example, if a sibling is abusive to their other siblings. Be sure to work closely with your social worker to determine what is best for you and the children.
If you have questions about how you can keep sibling groups together, or how to adopt sibling groups please do not hesitate to reach out. If you have any questions about the adoption process or The Adoption Center, give us a call or send us an email.