Creating a Safe Space: Healthy Boundaries for Children Impacted by Sexual Abuse

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We know that children and youth entering foster care—as well as those who may have spent time in foster care—often come to us with histories that include abuse or neglect. And it may be scary or upsetting to think about a child for whom you love and care experiencing sexual abuse. You may find that, if you are fostering or have adopted a child with a history that includes sexual abuse, you need to learn more about healthy boundaries for the safety and wellbeing of everyone in your household. Creating and maintaining your home as a safe space can be crucial as the child in your care heals and learns to build healthy and appropriate relationships.

 

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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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