Life After "The Life": Putting Families Back Together After Children are Trafficked.
Published: April 11, 2018
The Chronicle of Social Change
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Los Angeles, CA 90014
This brief explains human trafficking is a $32 billion global industry and that more than 100,000 American children are involved. It profiles a parent support group for parents and caregivers of sex-trafficked children and adolescents on the campus of the University of California-Davis. The six-session Parenting Skills Group is designed for parents and caregivers who are embarking upon or already in the process of reunifying with children who have been commercially sexually exploited (CSEC) and seeks to equip these caregivers with the knowledge and tools to help them understand the psychological implications of surviving sexual exploitation, reintegrate the exploited child into family life, and prevent their return to exploitation. The importance of psychoeducation and peer support for caregivers is explained, as well as the components of the Parenting Skills Group. The need to shift CSEC cases from the juvenile justice system to the child welfare system is then emphasized, and the benefits of recent California legislation that requires a multidisciplinary team approach that involves interagency collaboration between the county child welfare, probation, mental health, and public health departments are considered. Finally, the development of a safety plan by the Team Decision-Making (TDM) meeting is discussed and the challenges the youth and the family face are described.
CHILD PROSTITUTION; SEXUAL EXPLOITATION; CHILD PORNOGRAPHY; HUMAN TRAFFICKING; INTERNET CRIMES; SEQUELAE; PARENT EDUCATION; FAMILY REUNIFICATION; FAMILY COUNSELING; TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICE; CHILD PLACEMENT; OUT OF HOME CARE; CALIFORNIA; parent support groups