Children adopted from foster care or from institutions abroad may have experienced sexual abuse prior to adoption. What parenting techniques can help these children attach, feel safe, and heal? In this course, we interview Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Special Initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital, Boston. Dr. Sparrow also writes a regular column on parenting for the New York Times.

This course covers the following topics:

  • How is sexual abuse defined?
  • What are the symptoms of a child who has been sexually abused?
  • Does it matter how old the child was when the abuse occurred?
  • Does it matter who sexually abused the child?
  • What determines the severity of the impact and symptoms of sexual abuse in adopted children?
  • How can adoptive parents help their child heal from sexual abuse?
  • Do parents need to know the details of the sexual abuse to help their children heal and attach and bond?
  • Should you adopt a child that has been sexually abused if you have other children living in your home?
  • How do you protect the siblings when one child is acting out sexually?
  • How can adopted parents make their home a safe place for children who have been sexually abused?
  • What type of touch and hugging is appropriate with a child who has been abused?
  • What type of therapy is most effective for sexual abuse victims and their families?
  • Who should you tell that your newly adopted child has been sexually abused?

*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption*

 96.38 (b)(7)

 96.48 (b)(4)

*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements