Books for Foster Parents on Helping Children Heal from Sexual Abuse
Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents – This factsheet by the Child Welfare Information Gateway discusses how foster and adoptive parents can help children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. It provides basic information about sexual abuse and links to other information so that parents can educate themselves about the topic. The factsheet suggests ways to establish guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and it offers suggestions about when to seek professional help and where to find such help.
The Sexualized Child in Foster Care: A Guide for Foster Parents and Other Professionals by Sally G. Hoyle – This book gives practical advice, information, training tips, and references for those who work with children who have been sexually abused in a previous placement. Chapters include information about sex and sexuality, distinguishing normal from abnormal sexual behavior, treatment methods, research on sexual abuse assessment, and concerns about the sexually aggressive child.
Healing the Harm Done: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Overcome the Effects of Sexual Abuse by Dr. Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck – As the parent or caregiver of a child who has suffered abuse, you will find useful information and valuable resources to help your child to heal. Healing The Harm Done will help you to deal with your own reactions and concerns as well. The book gives practical advice on handling your child’s behaviors and emotions, and will guide you in finding appropriate professional help if needed.