As a foster parent, there are many decisions you need to make, particularly when it comes to the type of fostering you want to do. You might decide you want to do short-term fostering rather than long-term; you might also choose to foster only a very specific age group. Another decision you need to make is whether you will foster only single children or siblings.
Fostering siblings may be extra responsibility for the foster parent, but it does a world of good for the children. If you’re on the fence about whether to foster single children or siblings, here are the benefits of choosing the latter.
1. To Keep Loved Ones Together
While choosing to foster one child is an amazing decision to make, if you have the space and availability to dedicate to fostering siblings, we’d urge you to consider it. Sadly, there aren’t enough foster parents available to care for siblings, which often leaves local authorities with little choice other than to split them up. It can be heart-breaking for the siblings, as they are each other’s loved ones. They have already been through so much, too.
One of the best benefits of keeping siblings together is the fact that it means keeping loved ones together. The more family a child in foster care can keep around them, the better.
2. To Prevent Isolation
No matter how loving their new foster parents are, children will often feel alone, confused, and upset when around no one they know. Fostering siblings is a way to combat that. For the children in foster care with their brothers or sisters, sticking together means never feeling completely alone. No matter what they go through, they will always have each other.
3. A Better Chance at Stability
Becoming a foster parent means providing a child with a safe and stable environment where they can thrive. One way to do that even better is by fostering siblings. Siblings may argue, but they often have each other’s backs and can give the children a sense of safety no matter where they are. When a child is feeling down, the presence of their sibling can help.
4. It Improves the Children’s Social Ability
Some children in foster care may not have developed social skills in the same way as other children their age. That is often due to their past trauma and environments. One way to help a child build the social skills that they need to thrive in modern society is by keeping them with their siblings so they can learn how to interact in a positive way. Throughout their sibling friendships and rivalries, they will understand more about social relationships, which will, in turn, help them function in their day-to-day life with other people.
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