The Crisis Facing Siblings in Foster Care
According to a 2005 study, approximately 70 percent of United States foster care children have a sibling in care as well. Keeping siblings together is a priority for Washington state. However, with a lack of foster homes licensed to care for three or more children, finding a foster home that is able to care for multiple children is a challenge and may not always be possible. While some sibling groups are comprised of two children close in age, other sibling groups can consist of three or more children who may range in age from infant to teen. Since most foster homes are not licensed to care for multiple children of all ages, larger sibling groups often have to be placed into multiple homes. Read More.
Resources for Caregivers of Siblings
Sibling House is dedicated to providing a haven for children and educating the general populace about foster care and the foster care system. Sibling House works to identify families that can foster siblings, and provide support to those families through a Mentoring and Outreach Program.
Foster Family Connections is a volunteer association committed to preserving sibling relationships and helping families who become foster parents. In partnership with Camp to Belong, their summer camp provides intentional programming designed to strengthen sibling connections through art activities, sibling enhancement, life seminars, and a birthday party event.
Camp To Belong (CTB) is an international non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to reuniting siblings who have become separated in foster homes and other out-of-home care. CTB accomplishes its mission through summer camps filled with opportunities for fun, empowerment, and sibling connection. Founded by Lynn Price – herself once separated from a sibling in foster care – the organization has reunited more than 6,500 brothers and sisters.
Children’s Administration provides training to caregivers on the importance of on-going sibling connections for children in care that have been separated. Children’s Administration also provides an activity fee reimbursement to foster parents when they help with visitation for siblings who have been separated.