Author Archives: Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Explaining Kinship Adoption

Ask AF: Explaining Kinship Adoption

My younger daughter adopted her sister’s child. My granddaughter’s now eight, and knows that she was adopted, but she doesn’t know that her “Auntie” is her birth mother.

A mother starting the attachment cycle with her son

25 Ways to Nurture Hurt Children

How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.

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Talking about birth parents' drug or alcohol abuse can be tough

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.

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Read expert advice on answering rude adoption qeustions.

Answering Relatives’ Tricky Questions About Adoption

Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it’s a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don’t suffice.

interactive ways to help an older child talk about adoption and her personal history

7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.

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Disciplining an adopted child

Discipline in Older-Child Adoption

Our older child adoption expert explains what works, and what is sure to fail when disciplining your child.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: When Only Negative Details Are Known

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Advice on parenting your adopted child

Claiming Your Role as a Parent

Daring to parent an older child who has experienced hurt or neglect in the past will help him learn to trust and love.

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Food problems in older children can be overcome

Older Child Parenting — The Facts Behind Food Challenges

Our expert explains common feeding challenges with adopted older children, and their solutions.

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[Book Review] Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding and Appreciating Their Journeys

Debbie Riley reviews Parenting Adopted Adolescents, a book by Gregory Keck, Ph.D. about the challenges and delights of raising a teen adoptee.

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When Your Older Child Comes Home

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?

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