The other kin: Setting the course for research, policy, and practice with siblings in foster care

Aron Shlonsky, Jennifer Bellamy, Jennifer Elkins, Caryn J. Ashare

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The preservation and maintenance of sibling relationships in child welfare settings have begun to come to the forefront of practice and policy considerations. While past research on families coming into contact with the child protective services system has largely focused on the parent-child relationship, an emerging body of literature indicates that the relationship between brothers and sisters cannot be ignored. This paper highlights recent and historical trends in the literature on siblings in foster care, reviews some of the legal issues surrounding conjoint sibling placement, proposes a constitutionally protected right of association among siblings in out-of-home care, and explores the multiple and complex methodological challenges facing researchers in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-716
Number of pages20
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number7 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Child protective services
  • Child welfare
  • Foster care
  • Siblings

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