Issues faced by adopted kids in the teen years

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Issues faced by adopted kids in the teen years

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We see adolescents coming in with issues related to adoption on a pretty regular basis. It is very challenging. There are a number of critical areas to deal with: identity, attachment, connection with their families that are challenging. It varies. The issues of, for example, if the child was adopted at birth versus at three or four or six or seven and we are seeing it quite often. It needs outside help, therapists or even an out of home placement because the identity issues become so profound, their acting out becomes so profound, that it is just difficult to contain, particularly again if adolescents were adopted at two or three or four or maybe they spent time in a foster home or in an adoption agency. And they are just not getting all of their needs met. We see that on a pretty regular basis.

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Rick Meeves, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Director of CRC

Dr. Rick Meeves has spent the last 16 years working with adolescents and their families. He currently serves as the Director of Adolescent Clinical Services for CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of addiction treatment and related behavioral health services.  Rick has helped families deal with the rapidly expanding access to video and electronic media. As a practitioner he has seen teens lock themselves in their rooms, playing video games for days on end. He has also seen teens who became addicted to online gambling. Rick has seen parents who have accepted this behavior as some acceptable alternative to staying out all night or using drugs or alcohol. He has helped families re-establish healthy patterns and use of electronic gaming and has established healthy patterns with his own boys.

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