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Siblings in Foster Care and Adoption: Traumatic Separations and Honoured Connections Hardcover – 1 Dec 2008

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313351430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313351433
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,053,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book provides the first comprehensive look at sibling relationships in all their complexity--maintaining relationships among siblings in out-of-home care, understanding sibling relationships created by foster care or adoption, reconnecting siblings who have been raised in different families, and appreciating the unique challenges of preserving sibling ties in kinship care. By combining clinical information, legal analysis, and personal stories, this volume contributes to our understanding of sibling relationships and provides a basic foundation for child welfare policy and practice that recognizes and values the importance of these relationships to children who have been, or are at risk of being, separated from their brothers and sisters."-Alice Bussiere, Attorney, Youth Law Center, San Francisco

"The editors have brought together an amazing group of contributing authors including educators, clinicians, researchers, practitioners, psychologists, and youth who have experienced sibling separation to develop this comprehensive guide to sibling issues in adoption. This is a very clearly written and informative book. The contributing authors masterfully highlight the dynamic aspects of sibling relationships in foster care and adoption, whether children are living together or apart. The chapters bring alive the range of emotional reactions of siblings in specific situations such as open adoptions, reunions, kinship adoptions and also examines the impact on a family of a "wounded" sibling. A much needed resource on sibling relationships in adoption, this is a "must read" for clinicians, educators, and adoption professionals."-Ruth G. McRoy, Research Professor, The University of Texas School of Social Work

"The sibling bond is one of the most threatened and fragile connections for children who find themselves stuck in the maze of the child welfare system. Never before has there been a book that so thoroughly addresses the issues, challenges practice and offers comprehensive research and practical suggestions for social workers, mental health providers and anyone who makes lifelong decisions for children and their families. This book is an outstanding contribution to the field of child welfare."-Jayne Schooler, Institute for Human Services, Columbus, Ohio, Coauthor of The Whole Life Adoption Book and Telling the Truth to Your Adopted Child

"Siblings in Adoption and Foster Care looks at brothers and sisters in both a deep and comprehensive manner. Theory and research, practice guidelines and stories, are all explored--thoroughly explored since these well-respected authors are clearly committed to making us aware of the importance of brothers and sisters, whether they be biological or not. They are committed to telling the stories of these special bonds, speaking about them along many avenues of knowledge. This is a book that we need to read and remember, to consult and quote."-Dan Hughes, Ph.D., Author of Building the Bonds of Attachment (2nd edition) and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

About the Author

Deborah N. Silverstein is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Vice President at the Kinship Center, an agency that develops and offers mental health programs for families and children. Silverstein is also a psychotherapist in private practice working with children and adults on family, individual, and marital issues. Susan Livingston Smith is Professor Emerita of Social Work at Illinois State University and Program and Project Director at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. Also a contract social worker for Mandala Adoption Services, she is a professional trainer who has delivered more than 50 workshops to adoption professionals in several states. A member of the Post Adoption Support and Preservation Task Force of the National Association of Social Workers, she received the Angels in Adoption Award from the U.S. Congress in 2006. She is also a recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Excellence Award.

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