Research has shown that children separated from siblings feel they have lost a piece of themselves and they later have a harder time building an identity. They experience the separation as an extra punishment and an isolating loss.
Separated siblings are at higher risk for negative behaviors such as running away; teachers report lower academic performance and separated siblings have a greater risk of mental health problems.
Children from families in crisis often turn to siblings for nurturing and support because they cannot turn to their parents. These children often have a smaller network of people in their lives, so their siblings become their support system.
House of New Hope Licensing staff members recognize the essential role of siblings in developing a child’s mental and emotional well-being. We work to place children together, but especially this month during Foster Parent Appreciation Month, we are reaching out for more foster parents who can open their homes to sibling groups.
We desperately need foster homes that can keep siblings together.