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:
- Myths of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure (infographic)
- What Happens When Kids With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Grow Up (blog post)
- Creating an Environment for Success for Kids with FASD (blog post)
- Introduction to Prenatal Exposure for Those Considering Adoption (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- First Six Months with an Opiate-Exposed Baby (1 hr. radio show w/ experts)
- Suggested Books on Prenatal Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for Adoptive Parents (booklists)
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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