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October 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
According to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) up to 80% of children with FASD do not stay with their birth families. It is also estimated that almost 70% of the children in foster care are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Children coming from substance abusing homes are more likely to spend longer periods in foster care than other children.
Children with FASD are commonly misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. FASD is a neurobehavioral disability – it results from permanent damage to the brain. Behavioral problems caused by brain damage from prenatal alcohol exposure are often mistaken as something that can be overcome with traditional parenting methods – medication, counseling, consequences, etc. These children may be being punished for behaviors, from missed homework to violent rages, which are largely outside their control. Early diagnosis is critical to increasing the child’s chances of success.
This training will help foster parents identify early symptoms and understand the impacts of FASD on the child’s behavior and development. Time will also be spent learning about strategies to help reduce problems and improve the child’s potential to succeed.
Facilitated by Jean Richmond-Bowman
President, Northern Arizona FACES
Facilitator: Jean Richmond-Bowman, President, Northern Arizona FACES
Credit Hours: 6