Adoption Information
FASD/Drug Affected

Adoption and Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure: Research, Policy, and Practice
Richard P. Barth
This book contains ten extensive essays from a number of experts in the field. It is organized into three major sections: Research on prenatal alcohol and drug exposure and its implications for adoption; programmatic approaches and practice considerations related to serving substance-exposed children and their adoptive families; and policy issues that bear on adoption planning and services for this vulnerable group of children. It is designed as a resource for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others with an interest in adoption.

Prenatal Exposure to Drugs/Alcohol
Jeanette M. Soby
Divided into three sections, this book for professionals and parents describes the characteristics of youngsters affected by prenatal drug/alcohol exposure and explores strategies to circumvent this damage in order to maximize the individual’s remaining strengths. Part 3 describes instructional strategies for the learning and everyday life experiences that these children find challenging.

Parenting the Medically Fragile/Drug Affected Infant (VHS)
This video contains significant information regarding the biological history and symptoms of alcohol/ drug affected infants, interventions that can be used with such medically fragile children, and the poignant story of one child impacted for life by the use of alcohol/ drugs during fetal development. The tape consists of an expert talking about these issues, and though the information is accurate and useful, some viewers may not find the presentation very engaging.

Our FAScinating Journey: Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury
Jodee Kulp
This book combines scientific data, personal anecdotes, charts and graphs, quotes, lists, and illustrations to paint a personal picture of and a useful guide to dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Kulp tells of raising her adopted daughter Liz ("The Best I can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects") and offers advice based on that experience.

Nurture: The Essence of Intervention for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Victoria/Linda/Jocie McKinney/La Fever/DeVries
This book profiles, through photographs and descriptive biographical sketches, 56 children and adults medically diagnosed with prenatal exposure to alcohol and 35 parents, birth and adoptive, who care for such children. Its goal is to influence physicians and mental health professionals to diagnose every person with this disability (currently, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a clinical diagnosis that applies to only a fraction of those with neurological impairment resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol).

Storm Riders
Craig Lesley
This novel from the acclaimed Portland novelist follows the challenges and tragedies of Clark Woods, a foster parent who is raising a Native American son, Wade. From the outset it is clear that Wade, born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, is not only disabled but disturbed. It vividly portrays a father and a son struggling to come to terms with each other and endeavoring, above all, to come to terms with the truth.

Understanding the Occurrence of Secondary Disabilities in Clients with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
(FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)

University of Washington
From University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This report offers, with graphs, charts, and verbiage, a statistical analysis of a variety of "secondary problems" experienced by clients with FAS/E. Areas analyzed include Mental Health Problems, Disrupted School Experience, Trouble with the Law, Inappropriate Sexual Behavior, Alcohol and Drug Problems, Problems with Employment Over 21 Years, Problems with Parenting, and many others.

Students Like Me: Teaching Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (VHS)
This video gives elementary and special education teachers a clear understanding of what Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is, how it affects children’s learning and behavior, and what can be done to modify classroom environments and teaching methods to allow children with FAS to learn.

Assessing, Treating and Living with FAS/ARND (VHS)
Ed-Net Series
This panel format presents three very knowledgeable individuals—a nationally recognized physician, a social work expert in the field, and an adoptive mother of four alcohol affected children – with special skills in accessing educational resources.
(Note: Since taping there was a 1997 change in the Federal statute, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act--IDEA) The physiological issue is the organic brain damage of these children. The frustrating behaviors result from their brains working differently. Their environment must be adapted for improved behavior.

Watch for the Rainbows: True Stories for Educators and other Caregivers of Children with Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Frances M.E. Kapp
We now have the September 2002 revised first edition. This book is a compilation of true stories about children with FAS. The stories are clustered by subjects such as, The Joy of Creativity, Physical Feat Without Fear, Dealing with Stress, Extroverted Children, The Issue of "Lying," and Teaching Strategies.

Redefining Success: Raising Children Exposed Prenatally to Alcohol (VHS)
This video profiles five British Columbia families who adopted children prenatally exposed to alcohol. It shows effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the children's development, behaviors and needs at different ages, and explores some of the myths and stereotypes often associated with FASD. It also shows approaches needed in parenting these children. A user guide is available to encourage thoughtful viewing and promote discussion of the video.

Best I Can Be, The : Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects
Liz Kulp
Written by Liz, a teenager exposed prenatally to alcohol, and Liz’s adoptive mom, Jodee, this book is packed with information, lists of resources, quotes from others, illustrations, and, most prominently, the story of the mother and her daughter who lived through trials, setbacks, and successes. There are journal entries in Liz’s hand and several pages of useful appendixes at the end.

Worth the Trip (VHS)
This is a hopeful and practical outline of suggestions for helping children prenatally affected by alcohol. Intended for parents, teachers and any professional working with kids, it is supportive of caregivers and clearly cherishes the children in the process. The video comes with a booklet that offers tips and further advice on working more successfully with these children.

Understanding Behaviors of Alcohol/Drug Affected & Neurologically Impaired Children (Audiotape)
Diane Malbin
From ORPARC with Diane Malbin: Malbin explains why traditional parenting and teaching techniques often fail with children affected by prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol. She shows parents how to understand and work differently with the behavioral symptoms often exhibited by these children and what strategies and techniques do work and why. Also explored are primary and secondary behaviors and diagnoses that can overlap FAS/E, such as ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, learning disabilities, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Reaching Out To Children With FAS/FAE
Diane Davis
Written specifically for those who parent, teach or counsel children with fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effects. It discusses causes, the diagnosis of FAS/FAE, and characteristics commonly seen in these kids. It also offers hands-on techniques for establishing guidelines at home and school.

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