Parenting a Child or Youth Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Date: December 2018

This factsheet discusses how you can help children and youth in your care by educating yourself about child sexual abuse, understanding the impact of the abuse, establishing guidelines for safety and privacy in your family, and seeking help if you need it. Reading this factsheet alone will not guarantee that you will know what to do in every circumstance, but you can use it as a resource for some of the potential challenges and rewards that lie ahead.

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2018). Parenting a child or youth who has been sexually abused: A guide for foster and adoptive parents. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.

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