• July/August 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 4

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Siblings in Late Permanent Placements

Rushton, A., Dance, C., Quinton, D., Mayes, D. British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, London, United Kingdom. 2001. 186 pp. $16.63 (11.95 GBP). Paperback.

Challenges facing the child welfare system with regard to finding permanent placements for sibling groups are complex and well-known. At times the goals of permanent placement and sibling togetherness compete due to the individual needs of each child. Conducted in the United Kingdom, this systematic research study follows a sample of 133 older children who were placed with 72 new families. The authors compare outcomes for sibling groups placed together and individually, and explore the patterns of separation and reunion. Results indicate that the children's interaction style with each other, as well as with the new parents, most strongly related to placement stability. Continued contact between separated siblings is recommended.

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