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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600062814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600062810
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your adopted adolescent proclaims, “I can’t wait until I turn eighteen so I can leave!” And you celebrate your future liberation.

If this scenario is too familiar, you’re not alone. And you’ve chosen the right resource for parenting strategies, tips, new suggestions, and insights to manage tough situations in your family. Dr. Gregory C. Keck—adoptive parent, psychologist, and adoption expert—helps you understand and appreciate the complicated journey that adopted adolescents face.

And once you understand your role in their journey, you will be more effective in your role as a parent.




About the Author

Gregory C. Keck, PhD, is a psychologist and adoptive parent of two sons who were adopted during adolescence. He founded the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, which specializes in treating children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and developmental interruptions. Dr. Keck is also the coauthor of Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child.

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It is very readable, too.
M. Fisher
The book was very easy to read and had some great insight into the challenges of parenting kids that have been in the foster care system.
Cocoa Mom
The book is excellent and offers some very good parenting tips to parents who adopted a teenager.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kim Stevens on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Keck's latest book, Parenting Adopted Adolescents, is a thoroughly enjoyable read - conversational in tone, filled with practical advice, and humorous without being flip. The tack Keck takes is there in the title subtext: appreciation. It serves us parents well to check in on that emotion and value. Through our appreciation of our adolescent children in all that they are, we become better parents and they closer to achieving their best.

The book is organized around some very basic concepts. Beginning with normative developmental stages, moving through the core issues of adoption, trans -racial and -cultural issues, attachment, sexuality, therapeutic interventions and more, Keck addresses virtually every subject that parents negotiate on a daily basis.

The format is one I appreciate when reading any "help" book. Clinical information and analysis is followed by case examples that bring to life the points the author is making. As I read, I could see my family and myself in the stories - both optimal and hopelessly futile - and gained a sense that we all are muddling through this journey together. Sure we make mistakes, but they can be ameliorated with time, patience, understanding and acceptance.

Both logic and the obvious memory of once being an adolescent shape the very practical advice given throughout the book. Some of which I've actually used and seen work! Among some of the gems are the following:
* That although much of an adolescent's behavior is intentional, i.e. he meant to do it, the consequences and resultant adult feelings are NOT the intent. "When adopted adolescents reject others, their intention is usually not to cause hurt but to avoid being rejected themselves.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Music of All Types on March 13, 2011
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While the author has put together a book that can help parents deal with the difficult work involved in parenting an adopted adolescent, the book is written from the perspective that all these combined elements will be effective in the parenting process.

My wife and have experienced first hand that children 12 and above with severely traumatic pasts either may not be able or willing to attach at the level necessary to integrate into a normal functioning family. While the book seems to deal well with how to apply techniques for dealing with the unique problems you may face as the parent of an adopted adolescent, it does not deal well with the factors of a an adoption situation that can not be handled within the home. Including additional intervention required by agencies up to and including out of home treatment.

I can't detract from the books rich content in helping you parent an adopted adolescent. However, a better treatment of the topic of how to know when and where to act within the harsh reality of an adoption situation that wasn't properly qualified or when it becomes evident that treatment beyond the parents means becomes necessary. The author should be aware of the higher probability of this scenario with an adopted adolescent and address this potential and how to deal with it in the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Mahan on September 17, 2009
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Gregory Keck., PhD knows what he is talking about and has the experience to back it up. His approach in offering advice with humor, in everyday language, and with his own experience as an adoptive dad made this book an easy read. This book is full of helpful insights about teens weither adoptive and biological. Instead of getting my head filled with terms and facts that I can't use, I was given practical advice and knowledge to inspire my adolescence to get through the most difficult journey of their lives. I have found Mr.Keck advice very helpful.

Tammy Mahan A foster/adoptive mom and social worker for the last 21 years in child Welfare.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cocoa Mom on March 29, 2010
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We are newly adoptive parents of a 13 year-old. I have read several books throughout our adoption journey and this was the first I have read that is specifically geared towards parents adopting and parenting older kids. The book was very easy to read and had some great insight into the challenges of parenting kids that have been in the foster care system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula Williams Andree on September 9, 2009
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I am so happy that this book was released before my three adopted children reach adolescence. The hopeful message that Dr. Keck shares leaves me excited rather than fearful when I think about sharing my childrens' journey. Dr. Keck's blend of humor, guidance and common sense, grounded in sound developmetal theory, has me convinced that it will be possible to enjoy my children during this period of their lives. If that seems impossible to you, you need to read this book! Dr. Keck's ability to reframe many adolescent behaviors as necessary and appropriate developmental tasks gives me as a parent new ways to interpret and respond to my children. Dr. Keck explores issues such as identity, loss and abandonment, challenging behariors, sexuality,and transracial and transcultural issues. Each chapter left me feeling more prepared. This is a book I will be referring to often. Reading it was like having a conversation with a trusted friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Fisher on May 2, 2011
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This book was the best most applicable guide I found to parenting my two adolescent kids who were adopted from foster care. I have recommended it to other people. It is very readable, too.
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