Helping a Child Heal from Sexual Abuse
Sadly, it is not uncommon for children who join a family through adoption, foster care, or kinship care to have experienced some sexual abuse. The effects of this type of trauma can be challenging to overcome, but there is hope and healing for these children. It’s common for parents and caregivers to be afraid of the possible impacts of sexual abuse. For example, it is a myth that all children who suffer sexual abuse will go on to act out sexually or become sexual predators. Helping a child heal from sexual abuse requires that parents and caregivers be safe landing places for the child while becoming educated advocates for the healing process.
For additional support in helping a child heal from sexual abuse, consider the Therapy Resources page.