NOFAS Weekly Roundup December 8, 2014

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Volume 5, Issue 49

NOFAS News
NOFAS Free Webinar: Policies and Practices to Reduce the Risk of Abuse, including Sexual Violence, Against People with an FASD. December 17, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar features Nora J. Baladerian, PhD.  Dr. Baladerian's presentation will cover both personal (family and individual with FASD) and agency-level practices to reduce the risk of abuse and the impact of abuse when it happens.
 
Policy
FASD Case Dismissed by U.K. Court of Appeal
NOFAS agrees that a crime victims compensation fund is not the appropriate resource to support individuals with FASD. “Three appeal judges at the Court of Appeal had to rule on whether or not the girl was entitled to a payout from the government-funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme as a victim of crime.” – BBC  
 
Ask Your Senator or Representative to Support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2014 “The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2014 is the most expansive federal, bipartisan legislation to date for addiction support services, designating between $40 million and $80 million toward advancing treatment and recovery support services in state and local communities across the country, which will help save the lives of countless people.”
 
Community News
Did Bing Crosby's Twins Have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
“A new documentary called Bing Crosby Rediscovered – sheds fresh light on Crosby's first family with Dixie Lee, a shy actress who drank herself to oblivion before succumbing to ovarian cancer in 1952 at the age of 41.   She and Crosby had four sons, two of whom were twins named Dennis and Phillip, who experts believe suffered from their mother's heavy drinking.” – People
 
Police Officers Mentor Children with FASD
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11-year old Matthew Colombo first met traffic officer William Hand when his mother walked into the local police department looking for a role model for her special-needs son.  “Then began what has blossomed into Reach for It! — a program involving recreation and education and mentorship for children and youth living with FASD. Police officers are their mentors.” – The Record
 
80% of Women in Ireland Admit to Drinking Alcohol When Pregnant
“Increasingly Irish women are breaking the biggest pregnancy taboo and partaking in a drink or two - and it's educated women who are leading the charge.  Last year, a study funded by the Health Research Board found that 80% of Irish women drank at some point during their pregnancy; while a separate study in 2010, titled Growing Up in Ireland, found that women with the highest levels of education are most likely to consume alcohol during pregnancy.” – The Independent
 
Birth Mother Shares Her Story with BBC News
"Kathryn" said her second child's "poor concentration, bad language, poor social behavior and poor eye contact" were a result of her drinking… Her story comes after a judge ruled that drinking while pregnant was not a criminal offence.” - BBC
 
Public Health
Parent-Child Assistance Program: Raising Mothers from Trouble
“Rachael was addicted to heroin when she learned she was 2½ months pregnant… In the hospital, Rachael learned about the Parent-Child Assistance Program, a [Washington] state-funded program that serves high-risk mothers who abuse alcohol and drugs during pregnancy. The goal of the home-visit intervention program is to prevent future alcohol- and drug-exposed births among the women enrolled in the program.  Rachael enrolled in the program and entered inpatient treatment.” – The Columbian
 
Research News
No research news listed this week.
 
Survey
Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council (MCSCC)
“The Council has developed a survey of the needs and experience of caregivers in Maryland across the lifespan. A family caregiver is someone who helps an adult or a child with a disability with personal care, household chores, money management, arranging for outside service arrangements, or visiting regularly to see how they are doing. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes or less, and will ask questions about the care you provide to your loved one, how caregiving has impacted your life, and your needs as a family caregiver.”
 
Webinars
FASD & Human Rights December 10, 2014. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST. There is no cost for the webinar, but registration is required. Registration is limited. “In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MOFAS will present a webinar on "FASD & Human Rights."… This presentation will provide an introduction to human rights, its intersections with FASD, and the MOFAS Recommendation on a Human Rights Response to FASD.”
 
Surviving and Thriving- A Webinar for Caregiving Families December 15, 2014. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST. Click the bullet next to "Enter as a Guest", enter your name, then click "Enter Room." By the end of the webinar, participants will: Be able to identify what stress is, its benefits and drawbacks. Be able to identify common physical and emotional problems that occur as a result of chronic stress Identify areas of self care Assess own self care practices and identify areas for future growth.
 
NOFAS Free Webinar: Policies and Practices to Reduce the Risk of Abuse, including Sexual Violence, Against People with an FASD. December 17, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. This webinar features Nora J. Baladerian, PhD.  Dr. Baladerian's presentation will cover both personal (family and individual with FASD) and agency-level practices to reduce the risk of abuse and the impact of abuse when it happens.
 
Events 
No events listed this week.
 

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