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Ask the Expert: Gregory Keck on Older-Child Adoption



A frequent contributor to Adoptive Families magazine, Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on attachment and bonding. As AFís older-child adoption expert, he dispenses smart advice to families on adopting and parenting a school-age child.

Dr. Keck, the founder of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, in Cleveland, has been working with adoptive families for nearly two decades. He is the adoptive father of two boys.


Expert Answers from Dr. Keck

Preparing Siblings
"We've decided to adopt an older child. We have two children now, and we're wondering how best to integrate our new child into the family. What's your advice?"

Discussing the Past
"My child's background was tough. Now that he's with our family, do we really need to discuss the past?"


Overcoming Anxiety
"We recently adopted a five-year-old. She seems so fearful and anxious! How can we help her learn to trust and love us?"

Timing of Services
"We're about to adopt a seven-year-old. Does he have to start school right away? What about medical care? What can wait until we've bonded?"

Books by Gregory Keck, Ph.D.
Parenting Adopted Adolescents
Understanding and appreciating their journeys

Parenting the Hurt Child
Helping adoptive families heal and grow

More from AFís Older-Child Adoption Expert
Explaining Kinship Adoption

Telling Tough Birthfather Info

Temper Tantrums 101

Teaching Personal Boundaries

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