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A greater number of children in foster care and adoption systems, particularly international adoptions, are known to have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). It is important to acknowledge the feelings associated with learning of the diagnosis. However, it is also important to shift your focus from blaming the biological mother to working with your child’s medical home provider to determine his or her best course of treatment.

Your child may have arrived through foster care or adoptive processes with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or another FASD. However, for some children, especially children from international adoptions, it may be difficult to obtain any historical information and evaluation results to inform the evaluation process. You will need to work with your child’s medical home provider as well as his or her adoption or foster care service provider to determine as much as possible about prenatal and postnatal experiences.

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Last Updated
6/30/2014
Source
Adapted from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Toolkit (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics 2012)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.