- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on FinanceIntroducedDecember 10th, 2013
- senate Committees
What is Senate Bill S. 1786?
This bill deals with siblings and foster care. Specifically, the bill alters a portion of the Social Security Act that currently states that siblings lose their status as siblings when their parents’ rights are terminated. This makes the siblings no longer legally considered to be family, and in turn undermines a current law stating that siblings be placed together whenever possible.
The bill impacts children in foster care who have siblings.
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1786
A CBO cost is unavailable.
-According to the National Council of State Legislatures,
- The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse estimates that 65-85% of U.S. foster children come from siblings groups, and studies of siblings in the child welfare system suggest that 60% to 73% of U.S. foster children have siblings who also enter foster care.
- Siblings who entered the foster care system within 30 days of each other had almost 4 times the odds of residing together than children who entered care at different times.
- Studies show that larger sibling groups are more likely than smaller groups to be placed separately, not only because fewer foster homes are willing to accept large groups of children, but also because large sibling groups are less likely to enter foster care at the same time.
- Children in group care had twice the odds of being separated, whereas children with siblings in related care were much less likely to be separated.
- Preschoolers placed with siblings had a higher rate of psychological problems prior to placement, but despite this history, showed significantly fewer emotional and behavioral problems in placement than those separated from their siblings.