Our Most Challenging Clients: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Child Welfare

Summary: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) affect at least half the kids in foster care, and a great many of their parents (especially those with chronic involvement in the system).  FASD is almost never recognized outside of Canada and 3 states in the Union, instead showing up as ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, ODD and RAD.  People with FASD usually look and sound totally normal--but are functioning without normal capacities and get into trouble with a broad range of systems. With identification and the right supports, people with FASD can go on to happy, healthy adulthood. This presentation will help participants recognize the patterns of FASD and be able to apply the principles of appropriate intervention, saving lives in the process.

Learning objectives: Participants will:

1.  Recognize the patterns of brain-based impairment of FASD;
2.  Understand the challenges faced by caregivers of those with FASD;
3.  Have resources to share with social workers and families that will lead to successful outcomes.

Speaker: Kathryn Page, PhD