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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Adoption

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 course focuses on better understanding these conditions, working with medical professionals to diagnose and treat a FASD. In addition, this speaker discusses 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)

Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, professionals will be able to:
• Describe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and the connection between brain impairment and behaviors.
• 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

Cost to register: $15
If you are a NCFA member, look for your discount code in the membership portal.


National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2023 – 04/13/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

This course does not offer credit for NJ or NY social workers. For more information on receiving CE credit please visit the FAQ tab. For additional information on the instructor please visit

Recorded on November 2, 2022.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Adoption - Video
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Adoption - Post-Test
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Adoption - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever