(Council Bluffs) Sibling Bonds: My Brother, My Sister

(Council Bluffs) Sibling Bonds: My Brother, My Sister

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Date(s) - Saturday, March 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

McPherson Avenue Church of Christ


Why do so many youth in care lose connections with their siblings? Is there anything you can do to help them stay connected? And why is it such a big deal, anyway? This course will explore the profound impact of sibling relationships on young people in care and provide ideas resource parents can use to reconnect or strengthen a sibling bond.


  • Defining a sibling relationship
  • Challenges to placing siblings together
  • Placement outcomes
    • Wellbeing outcomes that can arise from supporting sibling relationships or co-placements, including:
      • Children who have positive relationships with their siblings are less likely to exhibit internalizing behaviors
      • Placement with siblings or maintaining sibling connections while in care serves as a protective factor for children’s mental health
      • Placement with all their siblings may improve children’s school performance
      • Those placed together tend to show more closeness to their foster caregivers
    • Siblings placed together are more likely to exit to adoption and guardianship than if they are placed apart
    • Placements of all siblings together led to a lower risk of disruptions due to incompatibility between the child and caregiver or child-initiated disruptions
  • Practices to maintain sibling connections
  • Strategies that support placing siblings together
  • Strategies for preserving ties when siblings are separated

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Young people’s perspective about the impact of sibling separation
  • Benefits to placing siblings together
  • Strategies and best practice for maintaining sibling bonds
  • How resource parents can support sibling relationships

Instructor: Hector Villareal

This training has been approved for 3 hours of foster parent training credit. At this time, we are asking all in-person LSI training attendees to practice social distancing and wear a mask during the session. Prior to the in-person training, please review and sign this COVID-19 safety guidelines acknowledgement form and bring it with you to the training.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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