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National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month! This year’s theme is “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections” to pay tribute to the unique bond between siblings. This bond is important for a child’s development and adjustment, and in the context of foster care and adoption, being placed with siblings can enhance a child’s sense of well-being and allow the siblings to support each other. Joint sibling placements have also been shown to improve stability and outcomes for children and youth. For information on sibling adoption, check out Adopt Us Kids or the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

The Dewey Library also has a number of resources and information on adoption and foster care.


Beam, C. (2013). To the end of june: The intimate life of American foster care. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Carp, E. W. (2014). Jean paton and the struggle to reform American adoption. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Gray, D. D. (2012). Nurturing adoptions: Creating resilience after neglect and trauma. PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Seligmann, L. (2013). Broken links, enduring ties: American adoption across race, class, and nation. CA: Stanford University Press.

Shaw, J. Frost, N. (2013). Young people and the care experience: Research, policy, and practice. NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles:

Cossar, J., & Neil, E. (2013). Making sense of siblings: connections and severances in post-adoption contact. Child & Family Social Work, 18(1), 67-76. doi:10.1111/cfs.12039

Gupta, A. (2010). Critical reflection and decision making in the family courts: a case study involving siblings with competing interests. Journal Of Social Work Practice, 24(2), 197-207. doi:10.1080/02650531003741694

Hegar, R. L., & Rosenthal, J. A. (2011). Foster children placed with or separated from siblings: Outcomes based on a national sample. Children And Youth Services Review, 331245-1253. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.02.020

 Mosek, A. (2013). The Quality of Sibling Relations Created through Fostering. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 26(3), 26-41.

Settlemire, K. L. (2011). Post-adoption contact between siblings: is 'avoidance of harm' the right standard for New Jersey siblings adopted from foster care parents?. Seton Hall Legislative Journal, (1).

If you are interested in researching more about adoption and sibling connections, contact Social Welfare Librarian Elaine Lasda Bergman (, or drop by the reference desk. 


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