ERIC Number: ED357315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
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Child Sexual Abuse Units: New Direction in Foster Care.
Increasing numbers of reported cases of child sexual abuse (CSA) are leading to greater numbers of such children being placed in foster care. Findings suggest that sexually abused children and their families have a multiplicity of problems that form the basis for removal from the home. In addition, sexually abused children are returned to the home sooner than other children placed in care. Consequently, it is imperative that during placement specialized sexual abuse-specific services be made available to these children and their families in order to strengthen the child and the family system as a means of forestalling revictimization and/or a return to foster care. Specialized sexual abuse units within foster care agencies are being recommended as the vehicle for the delivery of services to CSA children and their families where placement is required. The Sexual Abuse Unit (SAU) of the Harlem Dowling West Side Center is one of these units. As a consequence of an awareness of the individual and familial complexities involved in intra-familial child sexual abuse the structure and delivery of SAU services is multidisciplinary. SAU services include placement, foster parent recruitment selection, medical examination, disclosure validation, clinical interventions of individual, group, and family therapy, case work counseling, case services, training, and reunification. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute (September 17-19, 1992).