Face to face contact happens between the child and members of his family where it is important for the relationship to be maintained in a more personal way than just by letter. Occasionally this may be a parent or grandparent, but more usually this is with brothers and sisters. Again information gained from adopted adults and from society in general seems to indicate that the relationship between siblings remains one of the most important during a person’s life.
Siblings provide a sense of connectedness, share some personality traits and interests (through their genetic inheritance), and can remain a support throughout the whole of one person’s life.
The amount of time siblings have spent together prior to adoption will determine how often children in adoptive homes will meet up with their birth brothers and sisters. This is usually three times per year—during school holidays. Contact may be encouraged between times—by phone, email or letter—but this depends on individual relationships—both between the children and between individual carers.