Siblings in Foster Care: Maintaining the Ties That Bind (PN #09)
A large number of children who must be placed in foster care are members of sibling groups—estimated between 56% and 85%. National studies disclose that up to 75% of children are separated from at least one of their siblings when placed in foster care, underlining the importance of the issue. While the lifelong value of sibling relationships is acknowledged, the practice field struggles with pragmatic placement issues. This edition of “Practice Notes” identifies Minnesota’s policy, provides some insights from existing studies and suggests recommendations.
Practice Notes was developed in collaboration between CASCW affiliates and public child welfare practitioners. They were intended as a reference for practitioners, linking research with best practices. Issues were published between 1997 and 2010.
Siblings in Foster Care: Maintaining the Ties That Bind (PN #09).
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