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Forfeiting All Sanity: A Mother's Story of Raising a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Jennifer dropped to her knees, trying to make sense of the doctor's diagnosis: 'Your daughter has fetal alcohol syndrome.' Her adopted daughter, Ashley, the blond, blue-eyed angel she longed and prayed for since she was a teenager, would forever be affected by her birthmother's decision to drink during pregnancy. Ashley would suffer all her life from mental and physical bi ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises
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This is a great book for parents dealing with FAS children, or caregivers and relatives wishing to better understand what it is like to deal with a child with FAS on a daily basis. Sometimes it just helps to know that there are others dealing with similar issues, and you are not crazy. There is still so much more information and help needed for children with FASD and their parents. Great book.
A very short book written informally like a blog. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares for a child with special needs not just FAS. Teachers, foster parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers...this may just give you a glimpse into the family of that really difficult child. The only thing I really disliked about this book is her preaching about no alcohol during pregnancy. It really felt wasted because the people who need those words are more than likely not picking up this book.
Apr 20, 2011 Thorn MotherIssues rated it 1 of 5 stars
This one really didn't work for me from the hysterically overwrought title on down, though of course I know the writer's intentions were good. If it were fiction, I'd never have believed a character could be so superficial and looks-obsessed. There was just so much weirdness in ways that annoyed me -- changing a child's name while he was in foster care, claiming to be respectful of the childrens' birth families while saying nasty things about them in print, I'm sure more that I can't think of no ...more
This is a decent book about a family with special needs kids and learning that one has FAS. I could do without the religious link but that is how some families get through pain. If you know little to nothing about FAS, read this book, it does help people see what we go through as parents.
I really appreciated this adoptive mother's perspective of raising a child with FAS. I related to her in many ways, and empathized with her. It's is always a blessing to be reminded I am not the only one out there!