Sibling Groups

Bro n sis cutoutThe sibling rela­tionship was rarely considered for many years in child welfare laws, however, in recent years, research has shined a light on the impor­tance of the sibling bond.  Child welfare agencies struggle to come up with innovative programs to stress the importance of the relationships.   Brothers and sisters provide emotional support, comfort, and a sense of stability, belonging, and continuity. They may serve as allies, confidants, companions, and sourc­es of love. Siblings also play a crucial role in the development of one’s identity and self-esteem.  Leading researchers on the sibling bond have found that sibling relationships validate the child’s fundamental worth as a human being and produce hope and motivation.

Inseparable Siblings HeartsIn spite of the obstacles that may be present to keeping siblings together, Kids Central refrains from separating sibling groups except in the most extreme situations where it has been determined that there could be a detrimental effect to the well-being of the child(ren).  For this reason, sibling groups featured in Adoption Spots are designated as “Inseparable Siblings.”  Deciding to adopt is a big decision and huge commitment for any family.  Deciding to adopt a sibling group is an even greater commitment.  The rewards can be immeasurable amidst the obvious challenges. If you are considering adoption, please give consideration to the possibility of adopting a sibling group.  There is a great need for parents who are willing and able to adopt brothers and sisters of all ages and races. 

When a child is placed with a one or two parent family that has no other children they can experience a desperate sense of loneliness and incredible strain of having to relate totally to strangers of another generation.  Parents can rely on one another or on friends for support but often a newly placed child will have no one familiar in his life, except perhaps the worker who comes and goes in times of trouble.

It’s important to note that in some cases, children who experience life in the child welfare system may form a “sibling-like” relationship with non-related brothers and sisters.  In some cases these bonds have established over a period of years and can be quite strong.  When foster children who are not blood-related have bonded so strongly, we carefully evaluate these unique situations and may declare an “Inseparable Sibling” group when we believe it is in the best interest of the children.

A Story of Separated Siblings

This is the story of the Farling brothers.  Older brothers Joshua & Branden were separated from their younger brothers, Benjamin and Hamilton, for over a year.  Listen to the heart-felt emotion that comes from these young adults when they describe being separated from their younger brothers.

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