The longest relationships we have in life are likely with our siblings — longer than parent-child relationships; longer than friendships or even marriages. One of the most important things we can do for children in foster care is to help them maintain these crucial relationships.
Two-thirds of children in foster care have a brother or sister who are also in foster care.
We encourage foster families to be willing to care for children across a range of ages. Many families focus on a narrow age range, such as 0–5 or 6–10. This creates challenges when the Utah Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) is trying to place a 2-year-old boy with his 8-year-old sister.
Being able to be in the same home as their brothers or sisters helps tremendously in reducing the trauma children in foster care suffer. Older siblings often have been caring for younger siblings. They, too, experience additional stress at being separated from them.
Please consider how you might be able to help us keep brothers and sisters together.