Foster care placements for sibling groups are very important. They enable brothers and sisters to remain together. There is a shortage of carers to provide homes for sibling groups. Despite this seventy per cent of sibling groups in foster care are placed together.
During periods of family crisis, the strength of relationships between siblings can be intensified. They come to depend on each other for mutual support. If they are then separated, the effects can be particularly devastating for the children. Work done in the US by Marjut Kosonen back in 1996 revealed that when children needed help, they would turn first, naturally enough, to their mother. After that, instead of turning to their father, they would turn to an older sibling for help and support.
Sibling relationships can play a vital role. They are key to healthy childhood development because they create the basis for strong and trusting relationships. This can enable a child to develop other trusting relationships with their peers. Siblings who are placed together in foster care can maintain something of their family identity. They provide support and familiarity for each other in a new environment.
There are particular benefits in keeping siblings together in foster care. First, and most obviously, the trauma of settling into a new foster home is very much reduced. Studies have been made that indicate siblings that can stay together make much better progress at school. This obviously improves their longer-term prospects. The main benefit of siblings being able to live together is for their emotional wellbeing. It can be significantly boosted compared to a child all alone in a new foster home. This difference in emotional wellbeing plays a big part in explaining success at school, and in building future relationships. For more information visit: https://www.pac-uk.org/advantages-challenges-placing-adopted-siblings-together/
Not only are sibling relationships emotionally significant in childhood, they are also vitally important over a lifetime. Siblings actually form a child’s very first peer group. This is understandable as they tend to spend far more time together than with anyone else. This first peer group is the place where social skills are developed – especially when it comes to sharing and dealing with conflict.
Some studies have shown that when siblings are separated, they exhibit more behavioural problems. This usually translates into impaired academic performance. There is also some evidence that girls who have been separated from all of their siblings are at a greater risk of mental health problems.
Sibling relationships are the longest relationships that most people will experience over the course of a lifetime. If you can foster a sibling group, you will be making a huge contribution to the lives, present and future, of the children you care for. You may be the very reason that a family can remain together over their lifetimes. Could there be anything more important and rewarding than that?
Foster a sibling group with Rainbow in 2019?
We find foster carers who can have the right life experiences and qualities to provide a loving home for sibling groups. Being a carer – looking after a sibling group – means you will have a hugely positive effect on the lives of brothers and sisters.
Rainbow is an inclusive, vibrant and welcoming community of foster carers and childcare professionals. We welcome all applicants. Their ethnicity, religion or cultural background, sexual orientation or relationship status is not a bar to fostering. We are proud to have a large and diverse community of foster carers. This gives us the best chance of matching children with foster carers who can reflect their background, religion and general experiences.
Rainbow fostering urgently need applicants interested in finding out about a career in therapeutic foster care. This will require specialist training. This is free and available to any applicant. Therapeutic fostering could suit those who have had recent professional experience of working with youngsters: earnings can be between £25,000 – £40,000 for a therapeutic foster carer.
There is more information on this subject at on our dedicated web page –
http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/therapeutic-foster-carer/ for more details.
Although the law states you can foster from the age of eighteen, to care for a child or young person with Rainbow, you will need to be over 21. You must also have a spare bedroom for the exclusive use of a child or young person. We need people with a sense of fun, people who are optimistic – but who also have a good level of resilience. All our foster carers have to commit to the regular training opportunities that we provide. all training is free.
If you would like to explore further what a career in fostering might mean for you and your family. Please give us a call. You can call us on 020 8427 3355. We also have a National Line, which is 0330 311 2845. Please visit the rest of our website for information and why not try one of our latest blogs at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/foster-21st-century/