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Siblings are quite naturally drawn to one another. Generally they share more the genes; they share a history together. Although it is normal for siblings as they develop to have normal disagreements amongst themselves, there is always something between them that draws them together…
'the bonds among brothers and sisters are unique - the longest lasting relationships most people have. The sibling relationship lasts longer than the relationship of parent and child and often longer than that of husband and wife (Barbell, 1995, 1).' Regardless of the lack of literature and research that has been previously collected regarding the importance of the relationship between siblings, far too many children are separated from their siblings when child welfare agencies have to intervene.
This essay will review the current literature concerning the out-of-home placement of siblings including the impact of separation of siblings and research regarding this sensitive issue. Additionally, a further discussion concerning when it may not be in the child's best interest to co-locate siblings will be presented. Lastly, how the findings of this research impact current social work practices will be discussed.
In the last few decades there has been much more attention paid to the importance of the sibling relationship. ...
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