The foster system

Gregory Keck, PhD Attachment Therapist & Adoption Expert, explains from an insider's perspective as to how the foster system in America really works
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The foster system

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I think people who are going to be adopting from the foster care system need to understand how traumatic it is for kids to move from family to family to family. Many children have 10 to 15 placements before they finally reach an adoptive home and I think that people don't pay good attention to how difficult those moves really are in addition to the early trauma that put them into foster care. So, when I work with families I'm trying to help them remember where the journey has taken your child and when they finally settle in your family they probably aren't going to necessarily believe that this is their final stop, so that they should expect a lot of testing and behaviors that maybe got the children kicked out of other homes. And it's going to take a period of time until the child really settles in and feels like her or she is there.

Gregory Keck, PhD Attachment Therapist & Adoption Expert, explains from an insider's perspective as to how the foster system in America really works

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Gregory Keck, PhD

Founder & Director, Attachment & Bonding Center of Ohio

Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Attachment & Bonding Center of Ohio. He is an internationally known psychologist and trainer who addresses the issues of trauma, adoption, and post-adoption challenges. He and his staff provide attachment therapy for adoptive families whose children have experienced serious early childhood maltreatment prior to adoption. In 2012, he received the National Association of Social Workers State of Ohio Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the parent of two sons who were adopted in adolescence.

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