Professional literature repeatedly affirms the importance of the sibling bond. It is the longest lasting relationship most people ever have. Brothers and sisters share common experiences and history. Siblings raised in emotionally stressed families may have an even stronger bond. When parents are absent, physically or emotionally, older siblings often take their place in significant ways. Studies have shown that foster children have an easier time transitioning and adjusting to adoption when they have the emotional support of their siblings. Especially for Professionals:

Last modified: August 22, 2014