If you happen to follow my YouTube channel, you may have seen last week’s episode entitled “5 Facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.” If you haven’t had a chance to watch that yet, I encourage you to check it out, because it will give you some of the background on the topic we’re going to be focusing on in this episode, which is FASD. 

 

Natalie Vecchione is an FASD parent advocate, podcaster, author, and, most importantly, a wife and homeschool mom of two. Natalie and her husband, John, built their family through domestic adoption. Their son, who is 19, lives with a FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). He has graduated from homeschool and he is a part time carpentry apprentice. Their typically developing daughter is 6 and they have a much different adoption journey with her, as they are very close with their daughter’s birth mom. Natalie turned her family’s unique challenges and journey with FASD from career reinventing into a calling when she and her husband began FASD Hope in 2020. 

 

LINKS REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

📺 "5 Facts About FASD" (A Fostered Life, YouTube)

🔗 FASD HOPE

🎧 FASD HOPE Podcast

📚 “Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities” by Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy *

📚 "Trying Differently Rather Than Harder" by Diane Malbin MSW*

🔗 "How the Drinking Habits of Fathers May Contribute to Birth Defects in Newborns" (Healthline)

🔗 NOFAS Policy and Training Center

🔗 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Consultation, Education, and Training Services (FASCETS)

🔗 The FASD Respect Act

🔗 Mt. Hope Family Center FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic

* Books are Amazon Affiliate Links. I receive a small commission when you purchase using these links.

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