FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a brain-based lifelong physical condition  that can affect the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the  womb. 

As many as 1 in 20 children in the United States has an FASD. Children with FASD are  highly overrepresented in the child welfare system—including foster care. On average, a child with an FASD is 17-19 times more likely to be in the child welfare system. In the US, nearly 90% of children with an FASD are either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.

Prenatal exposure to alcohol impacts each person differently. Because FASD is an invisible physical brain-based condition, you cannot tell just by looking at the individual. What you may notice are the symptoms of how their brains work differently. For example, depending on the individual: academic struggles, difficulty remembering, acting younger than their chronological age, impulsivity, easily overwhelmed by different sensory input, needing more time processing information, and executive function challenges. 

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JFO is an FASD United Affiliate

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Intro to FASD: This introductory presentation covers the impact of prenatal exposure to  alcohol on the brain, symptoms of FASD, and accommodations and strengths-based  strategies. This 90 minute training is offered online and in-person and is perfect for parents, caregivers, and professionals.  

FASD TRAININGS: 

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HOPE FOR THE FASD JOURNEY COMMUNITY
COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

Parenting children prenatally exposed to alcohol can be a very lonely and isolating road. The symptoms and struggles are only understood by those of us on the journey. That’s why JFO is offering parents and caregivers membership into the faith-based Hope for the FASD Journey community.

FASD Resources

Books:
Trying Differently Rather Than Harder

by Diane Malbin
Guided Growth

by Dr. Ira Chasnoff
The Connected Child

by Dr. Karyn Purvis
Blazing New Homeschool Trails

by Natalie Vecchione & Cindy LaJoy
Tenacity

by Rebecca Tillou
Orphans No More -
A Journey Back to the Father

by Sandra Flach

Article:
FASD AWARENESS: Essentials for Foster and Adoptive Parents

by Sandra Flach

Podcasts:
The Adoption & Foster Care Journey
hosted by Sandra Flach
FASD Hope

hosted by Natalie Vecchione
FASD Family Life

hosted by Robbie Seale
FASD Success

hosted by Jeff Noble