Physician Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

(Boston)--Michael Charness, MD, professor of neurology and associate dean of veterans affairs at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Chief of Staff of the VA Boston Health Care System has been selected by the Rosett Committee of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) as the 2015 recipient of the Henry Rosett Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) field.

Researchers Discuss FASD and the Criminal Justice System

Although many people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are not violent, that segment of the population still has a high incidence of involvement with the criminal justice system.

"We know that people with FASD are overrepresented - both as offenders, but also as victims - within the justice system. And we know that in many places around the country, people with FASD are also overrepresented among those who are incarcerated," said Amy Salmon, executive director of The Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network (Can-FASD).

David Swann says better screening for FASD needed before adoption

Liberal leader David Swann says adoptive parents need to have all possible information about any medical conditions the children may have prior to adoption, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. 

Swann says there needs to be a review of the policies dealing with medical disclosure in adoption cases.

His call follows a report by CBC news that a Calgary couple were unable to deal with behavioural problems in their two adopted daughters as a result of undisclosed fetal alcohol syndrom disorder (FASD).

FASD Affects 30% of Children in Adoption Cases in Alberta, Canada

A Calgary woman says she also had problems getting vital health information from Alberta's adoption services about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Susan and Bill Smith, whose real names are being withheld to protect the identity of the children in their care, told CBC News that they didn't find out the two girls they adopted had FASD until after the process was complete.

The story, which was published on Monday, spurred feedback from families who say they've gone through a similar experience.