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Social science research has found that children removed from their parents generally experience better outcomes when placed with siblings after removal from their parents:

Social Science Research has found that if siblings cannot be placed together, children’s best interests are served by frequent visitation:

This tool was created by the Children’s Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this document including Andrew Cohen, Dir. of Appellate Panel, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children & Family Law Division; Cathy Krebs, Committee Director, ABA Litigation Section Children’s Rights Litigation Committee; Jacob Tarjick, Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children & Family Law Division; and DLA Piper. A special thank you to Tisha Ortiz and Lily Colby from With Lived Experience who provided feedback on the toolkit. Tisha and Lily are lived experience professionals who provide training and support to social workers, lawyers and judges on child welfare law and policy. 

Information is up to date as of May 2023.  To share information to be added to this tool or to provide feedback, please email Cathy Krebs.

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