Fostering and Adopting the Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused/MAPP (CSA/MAPP)

Leader Certification Workshops

Studies suggest that many children in out–of–home care have experienced some form of sexual abuse. Often foster and adoptive parents are not adequately prepared for the disruptive behaviors of sexually abused children, nor are they prepared to address the child’s disclosure of earlier sexual abuse.

This 12–meeting in–service training program helps foster and adoptive parents develop the skills necessary to respond to the double trauma that children experience from being sexually abused and removed from their birth families. Leaders will learn how to create a safe and constructive training environment where sensitive issues can be discussed openly.

The first 5 “meetings” of the program are the “Core” meetings which are designed to meet the basic needs of foster/adoptive parents in understanding and meeting the needs of children who have been sexually abused.

The additional 7 meetings are “optional” meetings which are designed to meet the advanced needs of children who have been sexually abused.

Workshop Length:

7 Days

Prerequisite:

GPSII/MAPP Certification

Content of CSA/MAPP:

  • Core Meeting 1: Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
  • Core Meeting 2: Identifying Possible Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children’s Behavior
  • Core Meeting 3: The Effects of Sexual Abuse on Children’s Needs
  • Core Meeting 4: Handling the Double Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Placement
  • Core Meeting 5: Managing Behaviors to Meet the Needs of Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
  • Advanced Meeting 6: Managing the Impact on the Adoptive or Foster Family of a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused
  • Advanced Meeting 7: Managing the Emotional Impact on the Adoptive or Foster Family of a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused
  • Advanced Meeting 8: Responding to Disclosures of Prior Sexual Abuse
  • Advanced Meeting 9: Preventing Further Sexual Abuse
  • Advanced Meeting 10: Handling False Allegations of Sexual Abuse
  • Advanced Meeting 11: Teamwork with Mental Health, Legal and Social Service Providers for the Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused
  • Advanced Meeting 12: Partnership with Birth Families of Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused

How to Use CSA/MAPP:

The first five “core” meetings provide basic information on child sexual abuse. The remaining seven “advanced topic” meetings build on this foundation and offer a flexible design from which the parents or the agency may select in any order to most effectively meet their needs.

Resources for CSA/MAPP:

Sponsored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services through a training and administrative services agreement with the Center for Development of Human Services/Institute for Community Health and Promotion/SUNY Buffalo State