In an effort to improve outcomes for children and their siblings that are placed in foster care, the federal Fostering Connections to Success Act requires that for all placements, the state must make a “reasonable effort” to place siblings in the same foster care, kinship guardianship, or adoptive placement.
That’s where House of New Hope can help. Unlike most other foster care agencies, House of New Hope specializes in keeping siblings together. In fact, county children service agencies from across the state frequently call House of New Hope praying that we will be able to place their sibling groups together.
Here’s the good news. We have been able to accept sibling groups ranging from 2 to 9 brothers and/or sisters.
Here’s the bad news. All too often, however, we have to watch siblings get split up by county children service agencies because our homes are usually full.
Here’s our need. We need many more homes that can accept sibling groups. It pains us to have to turn away a sibling group in need of a placement together knowing full well that they are going to be split apart.
A child’s relationship with their sibling will be the longest and most important relationship of their life. Separating them removes their support system and security. Siblings that are placed together, however, heal quicker from the effects that their emotional and/or physical traumas have created.
“My sister is only three years old, but she has a big heart with me in it. Jayden is braver than me—she is not scared of the dark like me. When I was left alone in a big house all I had was my sister to keep me company till someone returned. I love her…” –Joseph, age 7
Call us at 888-200-1296 if you would like to learn more about fostering a sibling group.