Foster care is not immune to sibling rivalry.
In foster care, there are times when siblings hold baggage from their life back home, which impacts their current relationships with one another. Foster care is not immune to sibling rivalry. Siblings don’t always get along.
When Walter and Wyatt entered foster care, they were not close.
They were brothers who had very different experiences with their family. Walter’s strong connection with his mother left Wyatt feeling left out and rejected. There was a growing wedge between the two brothers as they dealt differently with the stress in their home.
Despite this tension, Walter and Wyatt came into foster care together. They were placed in the same foster home with a family who is sensitive to the needs of both boys. Their time in foster care has been a time to start new relationships and rebuild those of the past. After over two years of living together in this foster home, their relationship is healing. Their foster mom Charlotte shares, “[At first] they couldn’t get along… that has definitely changed.”
Walter and Wyatt have a growing appreciation for one another.
Feelings of resentment have transformed to an amicable relationship. Walter and Wyatt are not best friends, but they now know the meaning of brotherly love. Soon, their foster family will become their adoptive family, where they can continue to nurture this lifelong bond.