This is the #1 preventable disability in the world. I've seen the effects
of it and it's not pretty. These poor kids are often diagnosed with ADD,
ADHD, depression, inappropriate and outlandish behavior and a host of other
things that plague them forever. It's brain damage...alcohol essentially
pickles the baby's developing brain in the womb and causes irreparable
damage. According to research I've done on it (pre-adoption research), many
of the FAS symptoms don't become really prevalent until puberty. We want to
adopt, but are fearful of FAS or FASD because it will mean a lifelong battle.