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March 2015Vol. 16, No. 2New Factsheet in a Series for Parents

Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. Child Welfare Information Gateway, the Children's Bureau's information service, recently launched the third factsheet in a series of factsheets for families who are raising a child who has experienced maltreatment. The newest item in the series, Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma, discusses the nature of trauma, its effects on children and youth, and ways parents can help their child heal. This factsheet is available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at

The first factsheet in the series, Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents, was published in 2013 and discusses how foster and adoptive parents can help children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. It provides basic information about sexual abuse and links to other information so that parents can educate themselves about the topic. The factsheet suggests ways to establish guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and it offers suggestions about when to seek professional help and where to find such help. This factsheet is available at

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect, published in 2014, is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support. This factsheet is available at

Child Welfare Information Gateway offers a number of publications for a wide range of audiences, including bulletins for child welfare and related professionals, factsheets, factsheets for families, State statutes and more. Factsheets and factsheets for families also are available in Spanish. Browse the publications catalog by title, series type, or topic at