(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Alcohol-Related Birth Defects: Physical or cognitive deficits, which can range form mild to severe, that a child experiences as the result of alcohol consumption by its mother during pregnancy. This term includes, but is not limited to, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE).... [more
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause a spectrum of disorders. One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is one of the leading known preventable causes of mental retardation and birth defects. If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy,... Drug Exposed Infants
Drug Exposed Infants Skyrocketing use of drugs and alcohol, leading to higher numbers of drug exposed children, has been targeted as a primary factor in the increase in children placed in out-of-home care in the late 1980s and 1990s. Studies estimating the incidence of prenatal alcohol and drug... Helpful Adoption Terms to Know
Helpful Adoption Terms to Know (1/00) Abandonment Desertion of a child by a parent or adult primary care giver with no provisions for continued childcare nor with any apparent intention to return to resume caregiving. Abuse and Neglect Physical, sexual and/or emotional maltreatment. Child... Fetal Alcohol Exposure and the Brain
Nearly 30 years ago, scientists first coined the term "fetal alcohol syndrome" (FAS) to describe a pattern of birth defects found in children of mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy (1,2). Today, FAS remains the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation (3). Behavioral and...
Russian Adoption: Eye Test May Identify Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
February 26, 2007, 5:08 am
There was a bit of interesting news out of Canada on Friday. Researchers at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario have developed a simple eye-movement test that can identify children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
FASD is umbrella term that describes a number of problems caused by... What is FAS or FAE
February 26, 2007, 7:33 am
In some ways I feel sorrier for the children that only have FAE (Fetal Alcohol Effect) as opposed to those that have FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.) Why would I say something so strange? Think about it for a minute, if your child has FAS, anybody can look at your child and tell that something...