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.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • 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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