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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 2, No. 4
July 1997

Guidelines for Separating Siblings

In her book A Child's Journey Through Placement, Vera Fahlberg advises social workers to consider separating siblings when keeping them together would

  • interrupt a normal parent-child relationship

  • mean that one child would not get his needs met

  • maintain a destructive relationship even after attempts to normalize it

  • threaten someone's safety.


Fahlberg, V. I. (1991). A child's journey through placement. Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, p. 275.

1997 Jordan Institute for Families