Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol or Drugs
Adoptive parents are sometimes faced with the decision of whether to adopt a child that has been exposed during pregnancy to alcohol, methamphetamines, marijuana, heroin, crack, oxycodone, prescription drugs, or other drugs. Alcohol and drugs can cause brain damage in a developing fetus, and adoptive parents need to understand the potential impacts of prenatal exposure to these substances.
Creating a Family has many resources on the effects of prenatal exposure and parenting children that have been exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero. We have interviewed many of the top experts in this field on our weekly radio show and they are available for you to listen on your phone, tablet, iPod, or computer. A few of our resources that we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- First Six Months with an Opiate-Exposed Baby (1 hr. radio show w/ experts)
- Panel of Moms Raising Kids with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure/FASD (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- 5 Sanity Saving Tips for Kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) (blog post)
- What You Must Know When Adopting or Fostering an Opiate-Exposed Baby (blog post)
- Suggested Books on Prenatal Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for Adoptive Parents (book lists)
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on fetal alcohol syndrome and prenatal drug exposure can be found at the icons below.
Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below
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