Supporting children and families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

Supporting children and families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

Vicki Russell, Sara McLean and Stewart McDougall

This webinar described some of the adverse consequences of FASD, and outlined effective strategies for supporting children and families affected.

This webinar was held on 10 December 2014.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to cover the range of possible birth defects and developmental issues caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

In this webinar, Vicki Russell, Sara McLean and Stewart McDougall described some of the adverse consequences of FASD on children’s development, and outlined effective approaches to support children and families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

While FASD can be found in any population, its impact can be especially significant for children placed in out-of-home or kinship care. The presentation therefore addressed the additional challenges of supporting children with FASD living in these circumstances.

The webinar built upon a related CFCA paper and practice guide:

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About the presenters

Vicki Russell

Vicki Russell is CEO of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Sara McLean

Dr Sara McLean is a registered Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Child Protection. She has worked in the area of child and adolescent mental health since 1997 and has a particular interest in developing effective supports for children in care. Sara has expertise regarding the psychological issues associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and the mental health and behavioural needs of children living in foster and residential care. Sara was recently awarded the inaugural ACU Linacre Fellowship at Oxford University in recognition of her work supporting children in care.

Stewart McDougall

Stewart McDougall is part of the research team at the Australian Centre for Child Protection.