Each year, many sets of siblings – brothers and sisters – enter the foster care system. Sadly, because of a shortage of foster parents who have the energy and space in their homes to care for them, many have to be separated and live with different families.
Why are siblings separated?
In 2018, a BBC report revealed that some 5,000 children in care were separated from their siblings, potentially leading to anxiety and feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can have damaging long-term effects.
And while local authorities don’t want to separate siblings, they often have little choice. Sometimes the sibling group is too large, with three or more children who enter care making it almost impossible to find suitable homes. While sometimes sibling rivalries make it impossible to keep brothers and sisters together. One of the main reasons, however, is a shortage of foster carers willing to take on this challenge.
Fostering siblings can help make a huge difference, as you can read in Brigitte’s story.
Training and support
There are specific challenges of working with siblings, and so we regard this as a specialist area with additional training and support, including access to professionals who specialise in family dynamics. They’ll work with you to get the best experiences for you and the children in your care.
You’ll receive a generous weekly fostering payment for each child in your care, together with other allowances for religious holidays and birthdays, all designed to reward your professionalism and commitment. Plus you'll receive discounts to some of your favourite shops, restaurants and family experiences.
Are you suited to fostering siblings?
To foster siblings, you’ll need the skills and qualities all foster parents need, but there are some other considerations too, including the extra challenges of caring for more than one vulnerable child, especially if you have your own or other children in your home. For obvious reasons, the work can be doubly challenging – but it can be doubly rewarding also.
Ready to start your fostering journey?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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