100659: Siblings and Out-of-Home Placement: Best Practices

About the Course:

The authors summarize the research on sibling relationships, including a description of sibling relationships in families where children have been abused and neglected. The authors also discuss the barriers in child welfare that can result in the separation of siblings. Finally, they offer best practice solutions that support maintaining sibling relationships throughout temporary and permanent placement. An assessment tool to assist in the decision-making process for the placement of siblings is also included. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Sibling Relationships II. Siblings in Temporary Care III. Siblings in Permanent Care IV. Placing Siblings Together-Barriers in Child Welfare V. Best Practice Solutions VI. When Siblings Are Separated: Sustaining Sibling Ties VII. Conclusion

Publication Date:

2003 /Vol. 84, No. 4

Authors

Victor Groza, PhD; Connie Maschmeier, MSSA; Cheryl Jamison, MSW; Trista Piccola, MSSA

About the Authors:

Mandel School of Applied Social Services Case Western Reserve University

Sisters and Brothers Together Northeast Ohio Adoption Services

Permanency Planning Northeast Ohio Adoption Services

Lorain County County Children’s Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about sibling foster care. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. summarize the research on sibling relationships, particularly where childrem have been abused or neglected.

  2. identify best practice solutions that support maintaining sibling relationships throughout temporary and permanent placement.

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