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Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD

Continuing Care Services for Clients with Children with an FASD or Possible FASD, Continued

Counseling and Structured Group Involvement

In counseling women with children with an FASD, the addiction professional needs to address certain issues, such as:

  • Guilt and shame about the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the child
  • Concerns about parenting a child with an FASD, including questions about child growth and development patterns, and effective discipline methods
  • Impact of the child’s FASD on the woman’s relationship with her partner and her family
  • Maternal and child bonding
  • Stress and anger management
  • Reunification with children if they have been removed from the mother’s custody or she has been in an inpatient setting

In addition to participation in ongoing recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), some clients may benefit from participation in support groups for parents of children with an FASD. They may also need couples counseling to address issues related to the woman’s drinking while pregnant, the child’s FASD, and ongoing issues such as communication and finances to care for the child. Many clients will need crisis management assistance to cope with stress of learning one’s child has an FASD and caring for the child while focused on recovery.

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