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 prospective adoptive parents need to understand the potential impacts of prenatal exposure to these substances.
Creating a Family has many resources on 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 to on your phone, tablet, iPod, or computer. A few of our resources that we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Supporting Kids with Prenatal Exposure in the Transition to Adolescence and Beyond (article)
- Establishing Daily Routines for a Child With Prenatal Exposure (article)
- 12 Tips to Help You Parent a Prenatally Exposed Child (article)
- Parenting Tips for Kids with FASD (article)
- Parenting Kids with Prenatal Exposure (Part 1): Practical Tips (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Parenting Kids with Prenatal Exposure (Part 2): Transitioning Into Adolescence and Adulthood (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Evaluating Risk Factors in Domestic Infant Adoption (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Suggested Books on Prenatal Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for Adoptive Parents (booklists)
Many more Creating a Family interviews with experts, blogs, and fact sheets on fetal alcohol syndrome and prenatal exposure can be found at the icons below.
Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below
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