Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Adoption

This page is a description for a virtual conference session scheduled for November 2nd, 2022. If you'd like to register for this virtual conference, please do so here.

In-utero substance exposure is a common occurrence in children placed for adoption. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) have wide-ranging impacts on children and significant implications for the families raising them. This presentation will focus on better understanding these conditions, and working with medical professionals to diagnose and treat a FASD. In addition, this speaker will discuss how adoption professionals can support prospective parents’ decision-making about a match for a child with substance exposure, and strategies for post adoption support for these families.

Barb Clark – Parent Support and Training Specialist, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this recorded webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for working with medical professionals to diagnose and treat FASD
  • Give examples of ways to meet the physical, educational, and social needs of adoptees with FASD.
  • Express important considerations for prospective adoptive parents matching with children with FASD
  • Identify post adoption supports for families who adopt children with FASD
  • Examine the intersectionality of FASD with other issues connected to adoption such as grief, maintaining relationships, and understanding the adoption story.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate


National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. National Council For Adoption maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2022 – 04/13/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

If you are a social worker licensed in New York, do not complete this course for contact hours. Instead, visit the NY course: here. This webinar does not offer credit for NJ social workers. The state of New Jersey does not recognize ASWB ACE continuing education provider level approval.

In order to receive their continuing education credit, attendees must participate in the entirety of the webinar training, have their attendance verified, and complete a course evaluation. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their course continuing education certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

The live webinar will also include an interactive time where attendees can submit questions for response in real-time. To participate in this live webinar, attendees must have the Zoom application downloaded to their device.

Other Questions? For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please contact us at ncfa@adoptioncouncil.org or 703-299-6633.

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