Two years ago, Oregon passed a law which requires that one of the first placement considerations must be that siblings are placed together. If it is not possible for siblings to be placed together, it must be documented as to why this did not occur and a visitation plan is required. Oregon requires diligent efforts to place siblings together, holding itself to a higher standard than 'reasonable' efforts. The state is happy to report that at least 80 percent of siblings are placed together. Read more.
The Fostering Connections Resource Center gratefully acknowledges the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators for providing these summaries of state approaches. Please visit NAPCWA for the complete implementation summary.