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October 9th, 2007, 10:06 AM
eash's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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We have been leaning towards adopting from Korea but my husband is on a kick to adopt from Russia. Everything that I have read about Russia says that the chace of FAS is incredibly high with the children. I understand that there are some visual cues with FAS but many of the problems don't start until the child is older.
So, I guess my question is:
Does anyone have any experience with FAS? Do agencies have any way to reduce the chance of FAS with their referrals?

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October 9th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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I'm of no help with you on this one Erin maybe one of the other ladies would know more.
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October 9th, 2007, 04:07 PM
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I'm no help at all. I have heard the same about Russia having a higher incidence of FAS, but am not sure how agencies handle it. You might post this same question on the children with special needs and children's health boards. Maybe someone there can give you some info. Good luck!!

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October 9th, 2007, 06:34 PM
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There are some visual cues, but this is mostly in extreme cases of FAS. And, unfortunatly, it all differs from one child to another. If I'm right, you can request that you not be referred a child with FAS, however sometimes it is not seen. With adoption, you don't know what you're getting all the time, and that is in any country, even here in the US. I wish I could be of more help...I personally don't have much experience with it.
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October 10th, 2007, 07:43 AM
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Thanks ladies.
We went to an information meeting last night with our agency and asked the question regarding FAS. They didn't provide much help other than the issue of visual cues in severe cases. From what I read, in Russian adoptions, FAS can appear in up to 50% of the children. I am going to get more information but I think we might skip Russia if this is the case.
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October 14th, 2007, 09:04 AM
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Besides FAS, there is FAE, which is fetal alcohol effects. Sadly, the child may appear normal but have serious problems later on with impulse control, IQ, sensory issues, learning disabilities, memory, etc. I have a long time friend from childhood that has FAE and it was like we were both maturing but at 14 she just stopped and I kept growing up. She is a hard friend to have sometimes because at times its like watching a train wreck to see the decisions she makes. BUt she is a dear friend too, you just have to step back and understand her limits and hope for the best.

Kids with FAE deserve a home and to be loved like anyone...and no child is going to be the "perfect child". they all come with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. Its something we all have to understand when we are going forward with planning our families (by birth or adoption). However, you have to know your limits and because of that, we chose not to adopt from a country where alcohol was commonly used among women. I read that they estimate 90% of orphans in Russia was exposed to alcohol while a fetus, and about 50% will have effects of some sort.

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October 19th, 2007, 09:48 PM
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I have experience working with both children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect. As stated before there are visual cues and behavioral cues. I have enjoyed working with these students, foster children, and my own adopted children and feel that the issues are things that can be worked through.
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