Sibling bonding is very important for the child, whether it is with the biological parents/family or foster/adoptive family; however, it doesn’t happen automatically. Approximately two-thirds of children in foster care in the United States have a sibling and other family members that they were separated from. This could potentially be retraumatizing. It can also cause the child(ren) to feel alone or abandoned in their new home. Feeling abandoned and alone may create a high level of hesitancy in a child, making it difficult for them to create a connection with other children or even their foster parents in the home. With that being said, it’s important for parents to understand the process of maintaining positive relationships with the child’s bio-family and their foster new family. Creating healthy and positive bonding relationships in a child’s life also helps with that child’s sense of identity and belonging (including culturally), demonstrates strong communication, shows them how to have a strong relationship and so much more.
Dr. Natasha LaMarr, Ed.D, LPC, NCC
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