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Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child

by Brenda McCreight, Ph.D.New Harbinger; $16.95



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For families adopting an older child, Brenda McCreight’s new book is a godsend. Parents can refer to it again and again as they cope with the initial adjustment and address issues that can have a lifelong impact on the entire family.

McCreight offers comprehensive information about what parents can do on their own, or in addition to psychotherapy—presented in a way that non-specialists can grasp. Her chapters invite parents to read a few pages at a time, think about the ideas and suggestions, and find a way to apply them.

McCreight addresses many challenges that are not easy to face, such as wrongful accusations of sexual abuse. She encourages parents to come to terms with their own personal and family-of-origin issues so that they can cope better with the complexity an adopted older child brings to the family circle.

This book does not address challenges specific to parenting the newly arrived, internationally adopted youngster. However, the far-reaching issues of RAD, FAS, and PTSD are all included, and the information is both accurate and full of practical suggestions. This book is a superb resource for anyone adopting an older child.

Reviewed by Jane Brown, M.S.W., creator of Adoption Playshops for Children.

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