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Sibling Contact


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The importance of sibling placement and contact in out-of-home care.

Children and young people in out-of-home care across Australia have told CREATE that living with their brothers and sisters in care is very important and that they are the people they most want to contact when they are not living together. Our latest research shows that many children and young people do not live with all of their siblings in out-of-home care, and contact with the siblings who are not placed with them is not always regular or easily accessed.


Sibling Placement & Contact in Out-of-Home Care

This video follows the stories of 4 CREATE Young Consultants and their struggles with keeping in contact with their siblings

Here is another video – a webinar from our team in Tasmania about connecting to siblings:

Sibling Placement and Contact in Out-of-Home Care by Dr Joseph J. McDowall, Executive Director (Research).

This report sheds light on the experiences of children young people and caseworkers in each state and territory and what they think about this important issue.

Please click the below links to download the report or resources:



CREATE Sibling Placement and Contact in Out-of-Home Care Report

CREATE Sibling Placement Resource – for young people

CREATE Sibling Placement Resource – for carers

CREATE Sibling Placement Resource – for caseworkers





Importance of Sibling Placement Forum

CREATE Sibling Placement ForumThe Importance of Sibling Placement Forum (the Forum) was held in Melbourne on 20th May 2015. The Forum included the launch of CREATE’s latest video highlighting the importance of siblings to children and young people in out-of-home care (can be viewed above). CREATE’s Young Consultants and Dr Joseph McDowall spoke on the importance of sibling placement and contact, as did a group of panellists.

Read more by clicking here.






ABC Radio National interview with CREATE CEO, Jacqui Reed June 15th 2015

Jacqui Reed being interviewed on the importance of placing or maintaining contact between siblings in out-of-home care on ABC Radio National. For the full report, please see the links below. Listen to the interview here