The Bair Foundation is acutely aware of the importance of the sibling bond to children development and emotional well-being. Sibling contact gives children stability and provides a connection with their family even when circumstances require separation from their parents. No bond is typically longer, stronger, or more comforting than the bond between siblings - especially those who are separated from other birth family members through foster care or adoption.
Separating siblings causes additional separation issues and attachment problems, therefore it makes it harder for successful foster and adoptive placements. Separating siblings leads to feelings of mistrust, problems with intimacy and poor self esteem.
The Bair Foundation believes that placing siblings together contributes to the success of reunification and also provides fewer disruptive placements. Therefore, in selecting foster parents we attempt to locate families that are willing and who have the ability to work with siblings. The Bair Foundation currently has over 1,000 children in placement with their siblings.