- What living situation did the child just come from?
- Is there a need to change schools?
- Are there any medications? Medical concerns? Allergies?
A very important point to consider is whether or not the child has one or more siblings. Fifty percent of children placed in out-of-home care in Wisconsin are separated from at least one of their siblings. As a caregiver you can play a significant role in helping to build and maintain the sibling relationship for the children in your home
How can Caregivers Maintain Sibling Connections?
- Let your licensing worker know you’re interested in accepting sibling groups.
- Prior to accepting a new placement, ask about whether there are siblings. These siblings could be placed in other foster homes that can accept a sibling group, in kinship homes, adoptive parents, still living at home, etc.
- Talk with the case worker about setting up visits when the child in your home is not placed with a sibling. Try to arrange it so that you can work out contact between the siblings yourself.
- The following tip sheet from the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center does a nice job discussing ways to keep kids connected: Fostering Siblings in Separate Homes.
- Speak with your case worker about referring kids in your care to camp if they have been separated from one or more of their siblings.
Camp To Belong-Wisconsin – August 14-20, 2016 – Give Siblings the Right to Reunite!
Camp is only possible due to the multiple volunteers.
Volunteers are needed for the following:
- Camp Counselors
- Nursing/medical staff
- Committees: Fundraising, Marketing & Programming
- Coordinating Sibling Connection Events