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are some examples of interventions that can
be made when working with children who have been abused.
- Be honest with the child. Let the child
know what is happening to him or her and why. Give the child opportunities
to ask questions about the situation. Answer those questions.
actions foster a sense of control, the child may find it easier to recover
from the stress of abuse and subsequent displacement from the life he or
she knows. These kinds of interventions can help children become more resilient
in other stressful situations as well, such as the death of a parent or
a move to a new school district.
- Offer the child as many choices as possible.
For example, let them select among healthy food choices, decide what
possessions to take along to a new placement, or even have a voice in
choosing potential foster parents.
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Institute for Families