Journal Article

Maintaining Sibling Relationships—Neglected Dimension in Child Care Practice

MARJUT KOSONEN

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 26, issue 6, pages 809-822
Published in print December 1996 | ISSN: 0045-3102
e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011161
Maintaining Sibling Relationships—Neglected Dimension in Child Care Practice

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This article describes some of the findings of a study undertaken to evaluate all foster and adoptive placements in one local authority social work department in Scotland. The numbers, characteristics and care experiences of children in foster and adoptive care were considered. The study found that for the majority of children placement in foster care led to separation from siblings. The children were most vulnerable to separation at points of entry and leaving care. Separation from brothers and sisters can have lifelong consequences for the child and his or her siblings, as few of the children were found to have plans which included reunification with their siblings. A fragmented picture emerged concerning siblings' living situations. Children were found to have siblings living in a variety of situations, both in and outwith the care system. Social workers lacked full information about the family composition where contact with parents was lost or siblings had moved from the area. Children were most likely to be placed with siblings in temporary and relative foster placements.

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Subjects: Social Work

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