Fostering siblings

Keeping siblings together is our priority. Do you think you could foster siblings?

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Data shows that over 12,000 children in care have been separated from at least one of their siblings.

Fostering siblings

Many siblings end up going into different homes, sometimes in different parts of the country. It’s our priority to make sure we keep brothers and sisters together where we can.

A child's relationship with their brother or sister can be one of the most important and longest they have in their life. Family is our identity. It helps us to make sense of who we are.

Keeping siblings together helps to maintain their relationship, especially if they rely on each other. Of course, it’s also a connection to their family and it can give them a sense of belonging and stability.

Siblings who are placed into foster homes together often settle quicker. Having the support of their brothers or sisters helps them adjust to the situation easier than those who are separated.

Possibly the biggest benefit of keeping siblings together is that it significantly boosts their emotional well being. When brothers and sisters are placed together, it causes less trauma and emotional upset, making them happier overall.

Sometimes it’s not in the best interests of the siblings to stay together. It could be that there is a difficult relationship between the siblings. Or it may be because a child has specific needs.

Sibling relationships, like all relationships, are complex - especially when there has been a difficult history. But it’s usually in the best interests of the child to stay with their siblings.

At Action for Children Fostering, we aim to keep siblings together, as their special bond will significantly boost emotional well being.

Rhonda's story

Watch to discover why Rhonda is so passionate about keeping siblings together.

Should siblings share a room?

Some children find comfort in sharing a room with their brother or sister. Others need their own space. Usually, we prefer for children to have their own room. There are lots of things to consider. It depends on their age, relationship and needs – or simply if they’re used to sharing a room!

Fostering siblings is rewarding

If you can foster siblings – you’re keeping children together. When they grow up and realise they were kept together because of you, it’ll mean so much.

Foster carers - Gina and Terry

Many of our carers who foster siblings say how rewarding it is. There’s nothing better than knowing you're keeping siblings together. Giving them the opportunity to grow up together and have shared experiences. Helping them have that shared history.