Fetal alcohol syndrome – one mother’s story

The most popular link on Climbing the Cinder Cone’s Facebook page in the month of May was a column written by Sandy Banks of the Los Angeles Times. Sandy met Kathryn White, the mother of two sons with fetal alcohol syndrome. Kathryn discusses the difficulties with the behavior of her older son as he grew up, and laments the almost total lack of resources available to him as he turns 18.

You can read the column here: Raising a foster child damaged by alcohol.

I wrote to Ms. Banks to thank her for addressing this topic and letting her know about the column’s popularity when I shared it. In her reply, she stated:

I was surprised by the volume of emails I received, most from parents struggling with the challenges presented by FASD.  It’s clear that we haven’t given it nearly enough media attention.

Ms. Banks went on to say that she’ll try to come back to the topic in a future column.

Raising public awareness is one step toward the development of effective programs for these individuals who “fall through the cracks.”


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About janet565

I've lived in the Inland Empire of Southern California since 1982. My profession involves maps and geography. I hope you find the blog useful, and wish you well....

2 responses to “Fetal alcohol syndrome – one mother’s story”

  1. teachezwell says :

    I’ve worked with a few kids with this syndrome. I am not sure if their environment posed a greater problem to future success than the damage to their brains. Thanks for writing about it.


    • janet565 says :

      Thanks for your comment! At least in the case of the family profiled in the column, brain functioning was the bigger factor; Ms. White made huge efforts to provide the best home environment she could. It must be so much more difficult for everyone (including teachers) when the kiddos with FASD remain in a chaotic, drug- or alcohol-laden environment.

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