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I created this website to provide support for adoptive parents, like myself, who are raising adopted teens or young adults. It is a safe place to ask questions, express feelings, provide information, celebrate successes, and learn from one another. I encourage you to explore the resources, share your story, and know that you are part of a community that doesn't judge, but only provides support! This community values respect above all else. I invite you to share your opinions in a respectful way and join in meaningful discussions.

Adoption Journey Talk by Dore Frances

Dore Frances PhD and Educational Consultant helping educate families about out of home placements for over nineteen years and is very passionate about her work with families. You can find more information about her services at www.horizon familysolutions.com. Dore Frances was adopted at birth, and specializes in assisting families with adopted children and those with attachment disorders. In this article, reprinted with her permission from  her...

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Back2Basics

Back2Basics

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Roy J. DuPrez, Founder and CEO of Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures offering long-term treatment for young adult men ages 18-30 struggling with substance abuse (alcohol and drug addiction). The program is located in Flagstaff Arizona. If you would like more information about the program see the website at www.Back2BasicsOutdoorAdventures.com, or call (928) 814-2220. Your treatment model really...

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Early Intervention Program Provides Prevention for Troubled Youth

In this interview, I met with Alex Georgakopoulos CEO and Therapist at Coyote Coast Youth and Family Counseling, http://www.coyotecoast.com, to talk about what an early intervention program looks like. How do you decide whether or not a teen can remain in the home and receive early intervention services, as opposed to being referred to an out-of-home placement? When we look at why a teen might need to be referred for treatment versus staying in...

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Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures

I had the pleasure of interviewing Roy J. DuPrez, Founder and CEO of Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures offering long-term treatment for young adult men ages 18-30 struggling with substance abuse (alcohol and drug addiction). The program is located in Flagstaff Arizona. If you would like more information about the program see the website at www.Back2BasicsOutdoorAdventures.com, or call (928) 814-2220. Your treatment model really combines wilderness...

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Digital Savvy Parenting: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

I recently tuned into a webcast that addressed parents concern about teenagers and technology . The webcast is the first part of a four part series sponsored by Your Teen Magazine. Here are some parents’ top concerns Kids are rotting their brains out and avoiding real human contact. Kids will post something on the internet that will ruin them. Kids are more vulnerable to bullying and sexual imagery. Kids have too much exposure to violent...

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Mercedes Carbone Educational Consultant

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mercedes Carbone, Educational and Therapeutic Consultant. She has a wealth of experience in the field of special education and therapeutic treatment programs.  If you would  like to contact Mercedes you can reach her at (510) 414-0291. How long have you been consulting? I started consulting in 2002, so it’s been twelve years.  My background is in special education. I have a Masters in Special...

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Attachment Article Published in TPI Newsletter

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2014 issue ofViewpoint, the newsletter of The Psychotherapy Institute,” www.tpi-berkeley.org. Exploring Effective Parenting of Teens: An Attachment Perspective By Cindy Rasicot, MFT  Adolescence is a challenging time for parents and teens. Parents often come to therapy distressed about how out of control they feel with their son or daughter. They talk about overreacting and wishing...

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Story Unfolds of Son’s Pre-Natal Exposure to Methamphetamine

I had the pleasure of interviewing Erica, an adoptive mom whose son had pre-natal exposure to methamphetamine. There is a lot of information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, but less is known about the birth effects of exposure to methamphetamines. Read about Erica’s family’s courageous journey to help her son cope with his learning and behavioral challenges in this interview. How did you make the decision to adopt? Mine is a story of...

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Positive Message to Parents – Sending Your Child to Treatment

Positive Message to Parents – Sending Your Child to Treatment

Dear Parents, Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Andrea I was adopted at 5 months old and I am 26 years old and I am alive!  Thanks to my wonderful parents.  I struggled as a teenager, I was sad, running away from home, lying, sneaking out and starting to drink.  My parents took me to numerous counselors and I finally found one I liked and he told me if you don’t stop, you will be sent away.  I didn’t believe...

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Miguel Brown – Three Common Responses of Teens to Therapy

In a recent blog Miguel Brown discusses Three Common Responses of Teens to Therapy. He describes three types of Teen responses: “I’m finally in therapy!”, “This does nothing,” and “I hate this!.” Parents have a tendency to end therapy prematurely in each of the situations. Brown encourages parents to “hang tough” during therapy so that the teenager has a chance to “gain a deeper...

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