Impact of Prenatal Exposure on Foster Children
Many foster parents find that the foster children they welcome to their homes have a history of exposure 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 foster parents need to understand the potential impacts of prenatal exposure to these substances.
Sometimes the circumstances of the child’s entry to the foster care system make it impossible for a foster parent to have full access to the child’s complete medical history, including the child’s specific prenatal exposure. It’s important to glean what information they can from the child’s caseworkers. But in the absence of specifics, there are many resources Creating a Family can offer to educate foster parents on the effects of prenatal exposure and parenting children that have been exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero.
Creating a Family has many resources to help you understand the Impact of Prenatal Exposure on Foster Children. Some of the most recent resources are here:
- Building Attachment While Your Foster/Kinship Baby Goes Through Withdrawal (blog post)
- Parenting Tips for Kids with FASD (blog post)
- What Happens When Kids With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Grow Up (blog post)
- Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Opiates, Opioids, Methadone, Suboxone, and Other Common Drugs (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- What is it Really Like to Raise a Child with FASD (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Myths of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure (infographic)
Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the many additional resources about the Impact of Prenatal Exposure on Foster Children that we have in the form of blogs, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets, and expert Q & A’s.