Books on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for Adoptive Parents
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Guide for Families and Communities by Dr. Ann Streissguth – This is a gem of a book and the first place to start. Dr. Streissguth is a leading researcher in the field of FAS. As those of you who have read my book or website know, I love to read and report on the scientific research in adoption. The problem with this research is that it is often too theoretical for practical application by those of us in the trenches- also known as parents. This book solves that problem nicely. It is a practical, easy to read guide for parents and professionals based on the author’s many years of research. Get this book if you are concerned about adopting a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Recognizing and Managing Children With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects: A Guidebook by Dr. Brenda McCreight – I’ve talked with parents that say this book was the most helpful of any they read. It provides practical and easy guidance for parents to use to help their child as they age. Although Dr. McCreight doesn’t sugar coat living with FAS, she also isn’t overly pessimistic. It’s a hard balance to strike and she does it well. There is also help for classroom teachers.
The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris – This is a poignant account of a single dad grappling with his adopted son’s FAS. His love and committment to his son is heroic, but this was written before much was known on how to help kids with FASD.
Damaged Angels: An Adoptive Mother’s Struggle to Understand the Tragic Toll of Alcohol in Pregnancy by Bonnie Buxton – This was a sad book but provides valuable information to parents trying to navigate the world of FASD. At times it was hard to slog through, but the information provided made it worth the effort.
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