Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Foster Care

In collaboration with the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Pulaski County Juvenile Courts, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences evaluation team, this project will screen and, when indicated, evaluate for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), all children under the age of 6 who live in Pulaski County and are entering foster care. Partners will provide training about FASD, strategies for supporting behaviors, and approaches to education to DCFS and Juvenile Court workers and others involved with the children, such as foster parents, teachers, and early childhood workers. Partners will also evaluate the outcomes of the project.

David Deere, M.S.W., M.Th. Deere@uark.edu