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Parenting the Hurt Child : Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow [Hardcover]

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When a child is adopted, he can arrive with hurts from the past - pain that stunts his emotional growth, and your family's life, too. At some point your parenting dreams can shatter, and raising a hurt child becomes more like a burden than a blessing. But don't give up. With time, patience, informed parenting, and appropriate therapy, your adopted child can heal, grow, and develop beyond what seems possible now. From insights gathered through years of working with adopted kids who have experienced early trauma, Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky explain how to manage a hurting child with loving wisdom and resolve, and how to preserve your stability while untangling a thorny heart. "We hope that what we share will give you strength, courage, and commitment," write the authors. "We hope you will tap into your own resources and creativity to become the parent you've always wanted to be." If you've adopted a child, whatever the circumstances, you'll find hope and healing on these pages - for you, your family, and especially your adopted child.

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Pinon Press
ISBN  1576833143  
ISBN13  9781576833148  

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More About Gregory Keck

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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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This is a must read for all pre-adoptive families  Sep 23, 2008
After reading close to 20 great books, this one is the one that gave me the most day to day good advice, information and real life case stories. This should be a prerequisite for anyone adopting. It is truly a wealth of information that is written in an easy to read format.
Great book!
Prejudiced book  Aug 17, 2008
Throughout this book there is an assumption that the "hurt" child is one whose biological parent(s) have abused and/or neglected their child. In far too many cases the child becomes "hurt" because overzealous child protection authorities have removed the child from it's biological parent(s)or primary care giver since birth. A classic case like this was Logan Marr (see PBS Frontline "Logan Marr" on the Internet) who became psychologically "hurt" because of her removal from her biological mother and who would not settle down and was killed by her foster carer because she would not accept the foster carer as a new parent.
For the past two years I have had to deal with my own child's real psychological "hurt" from having been unnecessarily removed into foster care and then after two years returned to me as damaged goods. Keck and Kupecky have an arrogant disregard for a child's biological and social need for its own parent(s). This book is merely a "feel good" spin justification for the far too many and unnecessary adoptions and placement of children in out of home care, something which has damaged thousands of innocent and previously unharmed children.
A must read for parents of children with RAD  May 24, 2008
If you have a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) this is a book you must read. It is very informative, enlightening and helpful. It is an excellent reference to go back and read over and over. You can't change the fact a child has RAD. However, you can learn why he does what he does and how to best deal with the many behavioral issues specific to RAD. I found this book to be a eye opener, a relief (explains what you have been living through for who knows how long) and very helpful. A highly recommended read for any parent of a child with RAD, anyone considering international adoption and also for foster parents.
Excellent Resource  Mar 25, 2008
This book was just what I was looking for and I would recommend it to anyone who is adopting a child or fostering a child in their home - The first couple of chapters really hit home with me and the entire book offers practical advice as well as explanations for some of the feelings you and your child may be having as well as reasons for behaviors we might see.
older child adoption  Mar 3, 2008
I bought this book in desperation right after we adopted two foreign born boys, ages 7 and 9. The nine year old was totally whacked, behavior wise, and we surmised he had been abused at a young age. He would totally freak if you even tried to correct him, or if he didn't like dinner, whatever. He would sit and holler, scream, kick, bite, break his bedroom furniture, etc. for hours until he wore himself out. This book did go aways to saving our sanity, as did the fact that it improved when his English got better.

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