Child Abuse & Neglect
Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, researcher and foster parent trainer with the Institute for Human Services in Ohio, leads this pre-service course for individuals who want to become foster parents. Child Abuse and Neglect focuses on understanding child physical abuse and neglect, and developing empathy for birth parents. Also covered are how to distinguish between abuse and common, accidental childhood injuries as well as reporting to authorities. Supplemental handouts round out the course. Caution: contains graphic images.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
The video help of accidental vs. intentional helped us both. It would be a relief to know that being a foster parent can make such a positive difference. Children should be loved, we want to make that difference, and hope that one day the parent can get the help they need.
I thought that this course was very informational and helpful. I liked how it helped future and present foster and/or adoptive parents distinguish between accidental and intentional abuse. I enjoyed learning the characteristics of parents that maltreat their children. Hopefully others have taken away as much as my husband and I have from this course.
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An introduction to child maltreatment covering: