An ABC News Online article reported today that over 40 percent of children in the foster care system are separated from their brothers and sisters, well above the international average. Less than one in five foster children live with their brothers and sisters, and one quarter of these children have no ongoing contact with their siblings.
Siblings who find themselves in the system are often separated simple because no other option exists. Its hard for brothers and sisters, often up to 3 to 6 of them, to be placed in the same home. For some children who have already lost their parents, this separation can be devastating.
Some siblings get lucky and are placed near enough to each other that they can see each other often. Others may loose ties completely.
It is important as these children go through the system, that they are able to keep what little ties they have to family.