Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
Foster parenting a child who has been sexually abused presents unique challenges. Children who enter care with a history of being sexually abused carry with them psychological scars that result in emotional problems and behavioral issues. Some children suffer in silence, others deny the abuse, while others act out sexually. Richard Delaney, PhD., and Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, provide insight into the world of the abused child and how foster parents can help.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • state the definition and types of child sexual abuse
  • describe the dynamics of child sexual abuse
  • know different sexual behaviors that can constitute child sexual abuse
  • understand the characteristics of children who have been sexually abused
  • understand the complexity of issues surrounding recovery from sexual abuse and the challenges caregivers face
I myself learned a few things that I didn't know. More education on this particular topic is definitely in order. My kids do feel as if its their fault so they didn't tell anyone and that only leads to the continued abuse and more problems down the road. My heart is heavy.
Twila N.

This training is for all those foster parents with an open heart and mind. It is not easy to welcome a child into your home who has been sexually abused but with patience, understanding and time plus extra patience, you will help the child a lot even if they don't see it for months or years later. If you care and use some great techniques you can make a difference.
Margaret G.

This course examines the complex issues surrounding child sexual abuse including:

  • definitions

  • dynamics of abuse

  • characteristics of abused children

(4 credit hours, $20.00 per person)