Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide

Foster Care in South Africa

Fact Sheet for Families

Many factors affect how children react to and recover from sexual abuse. Parents play an important role in their children’s recovery. This fact sheet includes information to help foster parents of children who have been sexually abused. It includes information about child sexual abuse, tips for establishing guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and guidance on when and how to seek help, if needed.

You may be a foster parent of a child who was sexually abused before coming to your home. In some cases, you will not be certain that abuse has occurred, but you may suspect it. You may even be exploring becoming a foster parent to a child who has been abused or neglected—physically, emotionally, or sexually—before coming into care.

You may feel confused, frightened, and unsure of the impact the sexual abuse of a child may have on your child…

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About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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