Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are serious concerns for adoptive parents. Dr. Julian Davies, one of the world’s leading experts on FASD and adoption, and a pediatrician at The Center for Adoption Medicine and the University of Washington’s FAS Clinic, talks about the risks of adopting a child with FAS, which countries have the highest risk, and what are the signs of FASD.

Hit the Highlights
  • What are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
  • What is needed to diagnose FAS?
  • What is the correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed, the consumption pattern (binge drinking vs. continual drinking) and timing during pregnancy?
  • Which countries present the greatest risk for FASD in international adoption?
  • What is the risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in US domestic adoptions?
  • What is the impact of using tobacco and other stimulants such as khat during pregnancy?
  • What are the dangers of using drugs during pregnancy?
  • What are the symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
  • What are the symptoms and warnings of FASD post-adoption?
  • What is the treatment for FASD?
  • What is the long-term prognosis for adults with FAS?

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