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FASD – The invisible disability you may see in Out of Home Care every day

5 Sep. 2022

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is sometimes misdiagnosed as ADHD, autism, or other disorders. Children and young people who are misdiagnosed are at risk of not receiving the right support, being misunderstood, or even blamed for behaviours caused by their disability. Foster and kinship carers have difficulty accessing funding for needed services, and lack of support contributes to the risk of adverse long term outcomes. Aboriginal kinship carers are particularly under-resourced.  

People involved in out-of-home care play a central role in recognising and supporting the needs of children and young people with FASD.  

In this jointly run, online event between the CETC and NOFASD Australia, you will hear from experts and carers about the importance of recognising FASD, the experiences of foster and kinship carers, and the kinds of support and strategies that can help children and young people reach their full potential and increase placement stability. 

NOFASD Australia will be launching a new resource for the out-of-home-care sector to raise awareness of FASD, ‘The hidden disability you may see every day’. This resource has been created in conjunction with the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education (FARE) and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Date:  Monday 5th September 2022

Time:  12pm - 2pm (AEST)  
Speakers include:  

Sophie Harrington - NOFASD Australia 
Introduction to FASD and why it’s an issue for Out of Home Care 
Neil Reynolds – Carer and educator 
Why it’s important for professionals working in OOHC to understand FASD and what support carers need 
Dr Robyn Williams – Senior Research Fellow, Curtain University 
Supporting Aboriginal Kinship Carers in the light of systematic challenges, and some ways forward 

Prue Walker – FASD specialist, CETC 
The research -  prevalence and impact of FASD in OOHC; diagnosis and implications 

Dr Vanessa Spiller – Clinical Psychologist and carer 
An approach to supporting children, young people and families – effective strategies and resources.   
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