Day 45 of 99 Days to FASDay: Prevalence of FASD in Child Welfare (International)


Welcome to Day 45 of 99 days to FASDay! Today we see some statistics of the prevalence of FAS and FASD in children who are in care around the world, although only a few countries were noted in this study:  Canadian Children and Youth in Care: The Cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Child & Youth Care Forum, 2014, Volume 43, Number 1, Page 83 Svetlana Popova, Shannon Lange, Larry Burd, Jürgen Rehm .

2020 Update: A new law has been passed in Minnesota (USA) requiring all children in foster care to be screened for prenatal alcohol exposure.

This year as a priority of Proof Alliance’s legislative platform, major legislation that requires all children entering foster care be screened for prenatal exposure to alcohol in Minnesota was passed and signed into law. It is believed Minnesota is the first state in the nation to pass this legislation.

Proof Alliance will be providing the training and screening tools for all counties across the state.

  • The majority of children with FASD, including those in foster care, go unrecognized and untreated. One study found that 86.5% of children and adolescents with FASD who were in foster care had never been previously diagnosed or had been misdiagnosed.(1)
  • Some studies indicate rates of FASD are 17 to 19 times higher in child welfare systems than in the general population. (2) Without being identified as having a confirmed or suspected FASD, these children and their families are not accessing the crucial FASD-informed supports and services needed.

This will no doubt reveal concrete statistics that can be used to further guide policy in other state and hopefully other countries follow the lead. You can read more here: PROOF Alliance: Landmark Legislation

Feel free to comment below if you have statistics for other countries or have links to additional studies.

Come back tomorrow for Day 46. We will be sharing information for, about and from caregivers.

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