The Impact of Sibling Separation on Foster Children

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Corinne Williams Gary Dick


By Corinne Williams, Social Work

Advisor: Gary Dick

Presentation ID: PM_A05

Abstract: The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study is to understand the short-term effects of sibling separation in the foster care system. The study looks at four children in the foster care system who have been separated from their siblings. The study observes the four children over the course of six months. Over the six months, the study looked closely at the emotional wellbeing of the child, the academic differences and how well children form attachment to other people in the foster home. Previous research explains the impact of sibling bonds on children in foster care and the possible affect it can have on a child to be removed from their biological siblings. The research shows that there are some changes a child shows after the separation of them and their siblings.

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