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Evaluation of information and support for parents and carers of children with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
The aims of the research were to:
- identify the Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) information and resources foster carers had accessed
- evaluate current Australian FASD information and resources
- investigate the specific needs of foster carers with respect to information and resources to support them raising a child living with FASD.
The research study sought to identify and evaluate the information and resources through:
- focus groups with 26 carers in Western Australia (in metropolitan and regional areas)
- a paper based survey of 10 foster carers to evaluate the information and resources they had accessed
- a review of Australian FASD information and resources relevant to foster carers and parents. This included specific alcohol and pregnancy primary prevention posters, booklets, brochures, DVDs, websites and advertising campaigns.
In addition, two workshops were held in response to needs identified by foster carers for information on FASD through face-to-face settings. Seventeen foster carers attended. Two additional workshops were held with staff from the Department for Child Protection, with 97% of staff attending indicating that it was useful and practical, and relevant to their work with children and families.
Abstract adapted from Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)
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Wilkins A, Jones H, Watkins R, Mutch R, Bower C (2013)
Evaluation of information and support for parents and carers of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: final report January 2013.
Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research