1160d – Webinar – The Impact of FASD on Foster and Adoptive Families
(January 2017) Children in the foster care system who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol can have significant challenges that may not be recognized or understood by the whole of society. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are often invisible, misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Without training and support, foster and adoptive families caring for these children can experience frustration, blame, isolation and compassion fatigue.
In this training we will explore some of the challenges experienced by children with FASD and the impact this can have on their caregivers. We will also discuss the need for training, advocacy and self-care so that families and children can experience better outcomes.
Kari Fletcher works from her home in southern Minnesota for the MN Adoption Support Network, providing phone, in person and e-mail consultation to adoptive parents. She previously served as a trainer and resource for families for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Kari and her husband Mike have six children, four “homemade” and two adopted from the foster care system. Kari and Mike were licensed foster parents for 16 years in Blue Earth County and the two children they adopted both have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Kari is passionate about educating others about this disability and has been training parents and professionals in Minnesota and nationally since June 2005. Kari and her husband, Mike, were awarded the congressional Angels in Adoption award in 2009 and the Linda Eisele Award in 2015 from ATTACh for their commitment to adoption and children in care.