Madison, age 9, Erika, age 4 and Whitney, age 2, were placed in their foster home after their mom physically abused Erika. Madison and Erika have the same father. Whitney’s father is involved with gangs, and the girls have seen drug deals and gang activities. Though the girls are now placed together, social workers are considering placing Madison separately—her insistence on parenting her younger sisters is causing conflict in the foster home. Placing Madison in another home would help her let go of this role, but it could also be emotionally detrimental to her sisters. Madison and Erika have supervised visits with their mom and dad. Whitney has separate supervised visits with each of her parents.
As you can see from this story, fostering a sibling group takes flexibility and teamwork. You may need to balance several school, daycare, appointments and visit schedules or coordinate with another foster home on helping brothers and sisters stay in contact. Relationships between siblings can be affected by their early experiences.