The New Jersey Siblings’ Bill of Rights (SBOR) requires the State to protect a child’s relationships with siblings when a child is placed in foster care.
It adds to existing protections from the Child in Placement Bill of Rights (CPBOR), enacted in 1991. This law already recognized the importance in foster children retaining their sibling bonds. For example, the CPBOR:
The SBOR goes further. It emphasizes that New Jersey should take sibling bonds seriously and adds several protections, such as:
In the rare case where sibling interactions are harmful, DCPP is not compelled to facilitate them.
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This information last reviewed: Mar 31, 2023