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Foster Care and Adoption Solutions for FASD

Individuals and families engaged in the foster care system and in post-adoption communities are disproportionately impacted by the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on human development. Being FASD-informed is critical for helping children and families in the foster and adoption communities thrive.

Below are resources to help practitioners and families in foster care and adoption increase their knowledge of FASD and understand best practices for care.

New to FASD?

Please make sure you also check out the following pages on our website with lots of resources and information:





Information Specific to Foster Care and Adoption


Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities (May et al.; JAMA)

Screening and Diagnosis

Challenges of diagnosing FASDs in foster and adoptive children (Bakhireva; article abstract)

Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnoses in Foster and Adopted Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (Chasnoff et al.)

Four Reasons to Have Your Adoptive Child Evaluated for FASD (Minnesota Medicine)

Updated Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosing FASDs (Hoyme et al.; American Academy of Pediatrics)

Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (Hagan et al.; American Academy of Pediatrics)

Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE): Review of Evidence and Guidelines for Assessment (Doyle & Mattson)

Diagnosing FASD More Easily (Mattson)

4 Digit Diagnostic Code (University of Washington)


General Practice Information and Toolkits

FASDs; What the Foster Care System Should Know (National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; .pdf download)

Parenting a child with an FASD (Fostering Perspectives)

Foster and Adopted Children with FASDs (American Academy of Pediatrics)

FASD and Adoption/Fostering (FASD Network of Southern California)

Adopting and Fostering Children with FASDs (SAMHSA)

Minnesota is the First State to Require Foster Parents to Learn about FASD (Star Tribune)

Thinking about Adopting?: FASD and Adoption Expectations (Kellerman)

Point-of-View Article: Raising a foster child damaged by alcohol (LA Times)


Point-of-View Article: On Love, Adoption, and Raising 3 Kids with FASD (Alaska Public Radio)



FASD & Adoption

Melissa Sienkiewicz (for NOFAS)

My Story on FAS/Adoption

Kaylynn Jehn

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder impacts you, but you don’t know it

Nora Boesem

FASD & Adoption

Jennifer Rice & Chris Goudy (for NOFAS)

The Difficulties of FASD

Sandy Ren and Jeremy Hsiang

FASD & Adoption

Sam and Tom Mabie (for NOFAS)

Recovering Hope (Birth Mother Perspective)


Jazpa's Story (Kinship Adoption Perspective)

FASD Hub Australia

Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Adoption Plan Dissolved and Remained with Birth Mother)

Special Books by Special Kids

The Mystery of Risk: Alcohol, Pregnancy, and Attachment

Ira Chasnoff, M.D.

International Adoption and FASD

Ira Chasnoff, M.D. (for NOFAS)

FASD Video

Adoption Perspective from Adult with and FASD

Rebecca Tillou

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


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