Adopting a child is one of the most loving and selfless choices you’ll ever make. But it can bring challenges, especially if your adopted child has a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnosis — or even if you wonder whether they were exposed to alcohol while their birth mother was pregnant.
In this post, we’ll share an overview of FASD, diagnoses on the spectrum, what could cause FASD, and behavior and/or learning symptoms to watch out for.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a group of birth defects that can occur when a baby’s mother drinks alcohol while pregnant. FASD itself is not a diagnosis, but rather an umbrella term for various diagnoses.
Symptoms in children may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. Specific FASD symptoms will vary based on the individual.
Prenatal alcohol exposure won’t always result in an FASD, but babies who do develop the condition will have permanent, lifelong brain damage. Children with an FASD have smaller-than-average brains, with an impaired frontal lobe, corpus callosum, cerebellum, hippocampus, and basal ganglia.
There are a few syndromes and disorders on the FASD spectrum, including:
Please visit this website to learn more about each diagnosis.
Your child’s disorder may be the result of:
Here are a few signs to watch for if your adopted child has an FASD:
While there’s currently no cure or specific treatment for FASD, there are things you can do to reduce some of the effects and help your child achieve a better quality of life. These intervention options include:
Gifts of Grace Adoption Support Center has worked with expectant parents, adoptive families, and children in the Lafayette, Indiana community since 2013. We believe that quality, affordable, Christ-centered adoption services empower pregnant moms and dads, create thriving adoptive families, and help all children be placed in a loving home.