1129d – Webinar – Overcoming Blame and Strengthening Families Living with FASD
(December 2013) Kari Fletcher shares her own and other adoptive families’ experiences parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She explores how families can overcome the blame and reframe their thinking about FASD-related behaviors and view them as opportunities to educate others–meanwhile strengthening their own families from within.
When behaviors are viewed through a neuro-typical lens, it is easy to blame and shame, leading to misperceptions and labels that kids are just “bad” or their behaviors are a result of “poor parenting.” Kari offers parents the language needed to change the way we think and how others view children living with FASD. These strategies, though difficult at times, can build strength and resilience.
Kari Fletcher works for the Adoption Support Network of Minnesota (managed by NACAC-North American Council on Adoptable Children) by providing phone, in person, and email consultation to adoptive parents. She has previously trained for Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) and was the recipient of the congressional “Angels in Adoption” award in 2005. Along with her husband, she is parenting four children, two adopted from the foster care system who are living with FASD.