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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: C.A.S.E. Publications (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971173222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971173224
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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… an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the developmental challenges and psychological issues that adopted adolescents and their families experience. --Madelyn Freundlich, Director of Policy, Children’s Rights

The most powerful feature …wealth of specific, concrete suggestions for dealing with issues like rejection, depression, secrecy, and identity confusion. --William Burnet, M.D., Director of Forensic Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University

Originally conceived and written as a guide for therapists working with adopted adolescents…also an extremely valuable resource for parents. --Susan Freivalds, editorial advisor to Adoptive Families magazine

About the Author

Debbie Riley, M.S. is the Executive Director of the Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. She received her master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Department of Family studies. She has been a practicing marriage and family therapist for twenty-three years, focusing on adolescent mental health, and treating teens in outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health settings. She is the co-founder of Operation Runaway - a unique public/private partnership between one of the country’s largest suburban police departments and a community psychiatric hospital. Since 1993, she has focused exclusively on the field of adoption, creating an innovative post-adoption family support center in the Washington metropolitan area. Services include a continuum of comprehensive adoption mental health services, education and support services for the adoption community. Ms. Riley is an accomplish presenter both locally and nationally on adoption issues and writes for various adoption-related publications. John E. Meeks, M.D., has been a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than forty-five years. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He has taught at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Georgetown University Medical School. He has served as director of several child and adolescent divisions in psychiatric hospitals. He is co-founder and has served as the president and medical director of The Foundation Schools since 1975. The foundation Schools operate three K-12 schools for students with emotional disturbance. He has authored several articles on individual and group psychotherapy, behavioral disorders of childhood, treatment of adolescent suicide, adolescent substance abuse, hospitalization and inpatient treatment and adolescent depression. Dr. Meeks is best known for his classic textbook The Fragile Alliance; another book on depression, High Times, Low Times the Many Faces of Adolescent Depression; and his most recent publication, The Learning Alliance. Dr. Meeks received the prestigious national Schonfeld Award from the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry for his lifetime contributions to child and adolescent psychiatry.

More About the Author

I am one of the lucky ones; I've had two exciting lives. My time as a child psychiatrist was rich with fascinating patients and peers. It also gave me a chance to write several successful professional books. One of them, The Fragile Alliance, is still in print after almost two decades.
Now, in a rebirth, I'm starting a career as a novelist. My first book, Bogey's Final Gift, is selling at a rate that places it in the top forty of Kindle books in the sports category. A sequel, Bogey's Mortal Lock, is off to a good start as well. More details are available on my webpage, www.bogeysfinalgift.com
I am supported in all my enterprizes by my wonderful wife, my three lovely daughters, my delightful grandchildren, and two very curious (but still very much alive) cats, Princess and Rosie.












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I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an adopted teen.
Pleasantly Surprised
This is a must read for all adoptive parents, particularly for those whose children may have experienced early trauma.
Mother of Teens
I have internationally adopted teens and this book was most helpful.
Lei

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PG on May 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful reference for all adoptive parents and professionals who work with adopted teens. It is written in a very accessible manner, not filled with professional jargon that can put off parents. There are so many case examples that you almost feel like you are talking with Riley and Meeks.It's that practical help you can really appreciate. I'd really recommend it for all adoptive parents to help prepare them for the teen years. For mental health professionals who have not had too much experience with adopted people this book will really be an eye opener, helping them to see the real issues of adopted teens and how they can be so very different from those of non-adopted kids.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Teens on May 12, 2005
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I think this book is terrific! The authors' describe six "stuck spots" or stages that all adolescents go through and the particular affects on the adopted teen. I found the case studies particularly illuminating (heartwarming and heart wrenching, too). This is a great source for both parents and therapists; and it is easy to read. If your teen is struggling, then this provides ingredients to a deeper understanding of adoption issues. Even if your adopted teen is sailing through adolescence, it is important to understand the kind of thoughts they may be reluctant to share with you. This is a must read for all adoptive parents, particularly for those whose children may have experienced early trauma.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By former teacher on December 16, 2007
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this book is helpful and draws the correct conclusions and spells out the issues..as adoptive parent I think that reading what another adoptive parent has written is very credible...they have been there....no one could understand the issues of adoptive parent of a teen or pre teen unless they have done it...it is so intense...the child will try to re enact lost stages of childhood and preschool years...and grow into a full fledged teen at the same time...you will live with preshooler and adult child all in the same day...but the hurt and anger comes from abandonment and mistreatment...and on this note the author got it 100% right....the book could have been shorter and more to the point...but underl;ying message is accurate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathy J. Maloney on May 12, 2005
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I found the book refreshing, because it treated the parent as an intelligent collaborator. While being readable it covers the subject with the complexity it deserves. I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rusty- on October 11, 2007
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i dont think you will find a better book on adoption....ive read two dozen book in preparation for an adoption of a pre-teen. ive passed this book along to two friends that work within the system. a must read. i was also left with a better understanding of my own process. GREAT job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Kwong on October 5, 2007
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A great book. Explained a lot of behavior that I did not recognize and/or understand that my son has exhibted. He was adopted at 3 months old. He is now 16 years old, still clingy to me and always wants to know where I am and when I was coming home. He has always preferred to stay in a dark room, door closed, and alone. My son is now enrolled with a therapist that specializes in adoption. After the first meeting, my son began to show major signs of depression. I am scared and concerned, but the therapist and our neuropsychologist both suggested that the demon(s) are finally coming out, and my son now needs to see a psychiatrist for potential treatment with anti-depressants. Read the book, it alerts you with experiences and events that may well be happening to your child. The book is a great reference "manual" for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Phagan-Hansel on August 5, 2012
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The newly published book, Beneath the Mask, Understanding Adopted Teens, is a wonderful resource for parents of teenagers, as well as parents who are still years away from dealing with teen issues. The author, Debbie Riley, is a counselor and Executive Director of the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) Ms Riley uses her years of experience with counseling adopted children to distill the issues that are common to children in the teen years as they deal with being adopted, difficult birth family histories and the typical balance of adolescence of wanting to separate from their parents yet still have security and dependence.

In the preface, Riley cites the statistic that adopted teenagers are more likely to be receiving mental health services than their non adopted peers. Two percent of the general population is adopted, yet 5 to 17 percent of adolescents in therapy are adopted. There are many theories about why this is true, but one of them may be that adoptive parents may be likely to seek assistance, due to higher economic status, and having been educated through the home study process. Riley's theme throughout the book is to seek a therapist who has training and experience in dealing specifically with adoption issues.

Two chapters that are of specific interest are the pages that deal with "Adolescent Stuck Spots" and "Parental Stuck Spots." The teen may not have the tools to deal with why they were placed for adoption, missing or difficult birth history, transracial differences, feeling different because they are adopted, and feeling truly permanent in their adoptive family. The parents are dealing with these issues from the adult perspective, often wondering how much information to share, and when to share it.
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