Foster Care, Adoption and The Rights of Sibling Visitation
Every year, sibling groups are split up into foster care and adopted out into different families. And while most states encourage continued contact between the siblings (unless one or more are deemed a danger to the others), the decision to maintain contact rest solely on the family that adopted them. And some families bar further contact once the child is "theirs" for no reason. Any idea of being forced to interact with the child's blood siblings is seen as a violation of their parental rights. What they fail to understand is that that child has every right to have continued contact with their sibling(s).
The issue lies with the adoption model used. Instead of having something that separates foster care adoption from domestic adoption, the overall premise is the same. Adoption legally severs all bonds and establishes new ones. Toddlers and older children are told they no longer have siblings anymore and those siblings are part of a past they need to forget. Older children who seek out their adopted out younger siblings are even slapped with restraining orders for no reason other than "they're strangers now".
A few states have provisions in their adoption plans that make sibling contact mandatory in adoption should a sibling group be split up. The vast majority are rarely challenged, but in some cases the adoptive families have challenged this provision and won, able to bar the child from ever seeing their sibling(s) again without giving any legit reasons over why contact would be detrimental (again, the biggest argument being that forced contact violates their rights as the child's legal parent). It's not like they adopted a newborn who is unaware they have siblings. We're talking children who have lost everything and the only thing they had left was their brothers and sisters.
Personally, I think it should be court mandated that sibling contact continue after an adoption from foster care. Parental rights do not exist when it comes to adopting an older child with sibling bonds. The rights of the child to maintain contact trumps whatever rights the new parents have. Unless the contact is detrimental to the child's well being, of course. And I think any adoptive parent who tries to challenge the mandate should have the adoption revoked and the child placed with another family who can honor the bond.
And again, this is foster care, not domestic. while I strongly believe the sibling bond should be protected in all adoption cases, I know with domestic it is not possible. But with foster care, the state has had control and allowed the bond to continue for however long it took for the child to be legally free and parents who adopt from foster care should not have the right to destroy that bond.