Welcoming a New
Brother or Sister through Adoption:
From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families


Arleta James


ABC of Ohio

ABC of Ohio

Jessica Kingsley Publishing





About the Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption Videos


The video clips are facilitated by Gregory C. Keck, founder and director, Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio. The video features five families parenting a combination of typically-developing children and adopted children. The adoptees arrived in the family after experiencing trauma – institutionalization, multiple foster homes, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, pre-natal drug/alcohol exposure and abandonment. The parents and the typical kids speak candidly about their expectations prior to placement, and these families speak to adjusting these expectations post-placement – the losses experienced, dealing with negative behaviors, time management, and the development of daily and long-term coping strategies. The families also acknowledge the positive aspects of building a family via adoption.

The video clips feature two of the adoptees. Both of these children entered their families with moderate mental health issues and an array of behavioral challenges. Excellent parenting and professional assistance have allowed these children to place their early life experiences in perspective. As such, their issues have dissipated, and they are now able to move forward. These children address the ways in which they have impacted the family, and they speak honestly about the process of recovery which includes accepting responsibility for the choices they make, rebuilding trust within the family unit, and recognizing the need for on-going help.


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