101476: Survival Analyses of the Dynamics of Sibling Experiences in Foster Care

About the Course:

The present study compares reunification for sibling groups in foster care under alternate placement conditions, including placement with kin and entering care within the same month. The findings suggest siblings placed completely or partially together reunify at a faster rate than those placed apart. The gap between siblings placed completely or partially together and those placed completely apart increases over time, in particular after the first year in care. Fewer of those placed together remain in care during the first 8 months than those placed apart. Efforts to place siblings together should be strengthened. Monetary incentives might encourage more foster parents to provide homes to keep siblings together. Training foster parents about sibling issues may lead to more intact placements. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Background II The Study III Statistical Methods IV Key Findings V Discussion VI Example VII Conclusion


Alliance for Children and Families/Families in Society

Publication Date:



Vicky N. Albert; William C. King, MA

About the Authors:

Associate professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Assistant professor, Dominican University of California

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about child welfare outcomes for sibling placement(s). It is appropriate for participants with an introductory level of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Consider factors that affect reunification for sibling groups in foster care when placed under alternate conditions.

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