Lunch and Learn: About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

The Coalition’s 29th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference will be held on Thursday, May 10 – Saturday, May 12, 2018  at the Hilton Albany in Albany, New York


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Lunch and Learn: About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

Join us for this Pre-Conference Workshop on Thursday May 10, 2018 12:00 – 2:00 pm

A Disability by Any Other Name: Why Children with Fetal Alcohol Neurodevelopmental Disorder Have Not Been Diagnosed and Treated (and what you can do about it)

Children and adults prenatally exposed to alcohol show disabilities in social and adaptive function that persist throughout their life. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders disproportionately affect our children and foster, adoptive and kinship families.  In this workshop Douglas Waite, MD, FAAP, Medical Director of The Keith Haring Clinic at Children’s Village, will provide an expansive overview of diagnosis, treatment, prevention and implications of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). 

Across the country, placements in foster care are rising. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 273,539 children in the U.S. entered foster care. In 34 percent of those cases, parental drug abuse was one of the factors leading to the child’s removal from their family. Additionally, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 400,000 births nationally are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and illicit drugs, which represents 10 percent of all live births. Despite a prevalence of 2-5% in the general population with greater prevalence in the special populations of foster care, special education, mental health and the juvenile justice systems, few children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are being identified and obtaining appropriate treatment. Children and adults prenatally exposed to alcohol show disabilities in social and adaptive function that persist throughout their life. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders disproportionately affect our children and foster, adoptive and kinship families. 

As the opioid epidemic continues, increasing numbers of children are at high risk for developmental and behavioral disorders because of prenatal substance and alcohol exposure. In this workshop Douglas Waite, M.D., Medical Director of The Keith Haring Clinic at Children’s Village, will provide an expansive overview of diagnosis, treatment, prevention and implications of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. We will review of the history of our understanding of the effects of fetal alcohol exposure underscores some of the barriers to identification of FASD but more importantly highlights the need to begin to address the specific disabilities children with prenatal alcohol exposure share with children with prenatal exposure to illegal substances toward advocating for treatment-specific services in the community.

About the Presenter: Douglas Waite, MD, FAAP

Douglas Waite, MD, FAAP is medical director of The Keith Haring Clinic at Children’s Village, a community foster care agency and residential treatment center established in 1851, located in Harlem, the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry, New York. Dr. Waite holds an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and is a member of the board of directors for the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the Child Welfare League of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), District 2. Dr. Waite is a participant in two expert panels formed by the AAP, Center for Disease Control and US Administration for Children and Families to develop protocols for screening children in child welfare and the general pediatric population for fetal alcohol and drug exposure. He is board-certified in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, a member of the Society of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and was elected one of ten FASD National Regional Education and Advocacy Liaisons for the AAP in 2016. Dr. Waite has special interests in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of child abuse and neglect upon child development and uses his time in clinical practice to teach medical students and residents to care for children in foster care and the juvenile justice system. He was recently elected to the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Waite lives in Manhattan with his wife and has two children.

Register Now for Lunch and Learn: About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

A Disability by Any Other Name: Why Children with Fetal Alcohol Neurodevelopmental Disorder Have Not Been Diagnosed and Treated (and what you can do about it)

If you are planning to attend the whole conference, this event is part of the Pre-Conference Events on Thursday. Please Register for the Conference here

This event is free and open to the public. If you are NOT attending other conference events, please register for Lunch and Learn: About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders using the form below.  Participants are welcome to bring lunch or order an optional boxed lunch from the Coalition. 

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