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, the symptoms of FAS and what treatment is available for parents raising children with FASD.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What are the biggest determinants on how much impact either alcohol or drugs will have on a child (quantity, type of drug, when in the pregnancy)?
  • What increases the risk that children will be affected by maternal drinking?
  • What is the difference between prenatal alcohol exposure and prenatal drug exposure?
  • What are warning signs that the birthmother might have drank during pregnancy?
  • What are symptoms in infants that indicate they might be suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or prenatal drug exposure?
  • What countries pose the highest risk of FAS in international adoption?
  • What are the rates of FAS in private domestic adoptions and foster care adoption?
  • What are the behaviors typical to children with FAS?
  • How can parents treat FAS and related symptoms?
  • When should parents test children for FAS and other neurological delays?
  • Won’t vs. Can’t – Reframing tools by Diane Malbin
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education and Training Services (FASCETS)
  • What is the long-term prognosis for children with FAS that receive help and are in a stable, nurturing home?
  • What are the options for interventions for children with FAS?

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