When prospective adoptive parents sign up with Adoption STAR, a family advocate will ask them to think about the health risks they would feel comfortable accepting in a match with a birth family. One of these potential health risks is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Because alcohol is not an illegal drug, drinking alcohol has become an accepted activity in American society. However, alcohol can potentially cause more damage to an unborn child then much stronger and illegal drugs, such as cocaine.
In our January podcast we spoke with Helen Weinstein, who is the Coordinator of the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Effects Program of the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Topics that we covered in the podcast include:
– Parenting a child with FAS
– Adopting a child with FAS
– Ways to get help and support for your child
– Ways to prevent FAS
– Signs that your child may have FAS
– Much, much more.
If you have any specific questions for Helen, you can contact her directly by by email. Any questions on adopting a child with FAS or adoption in general can be
emailed to Adoption STAR or you can call us toll free at 1-866-691-3300.