YOUTH IN CARE CHRONICLES: Reflections on Growing Up in the Child Welfare System

Penny Frazier, Cody Murrell Murrel, Dorothy Badry, Megan Mierau (Editor), Theresa Tucker-Wright (Editor), Erin Leveque (Eds) (16 Nov 2020) YOUTH IN CARE CHRONICLES: Reflections on Growing Up in the Child Welfare System. Independently Published The authors, for me, quietly honour the youth who still struggle, while still celebrating those that overcome tremendous odds and are able to control the pain rather than allowing the pain to control them. They are fighting back and giving hope to others”. Peter Smyth, Social Worker, Author, Advocate In Canada, youth from the child welfare system are 200 times more likely to become homeless, 60 times more likely to become victims of sex trafficking, and 5 times more likely to die before they are 30 years of age. Their uncommon lives require uncommon valour to rise above their complex adversities and break through the many barriers they face. These are the real-life stories of 18 former youth in care as told by them – in voices that are raw and honest and insightful and strong. The authors break down stereotypes and build up respect through sharing what they have survived and what their hopes for the future are. They want other youth to know that they know the struggle is real, that they are not alone, and that life can get better. It is their hope that this book will also serve to inform practice, act as a resource for those who work with children in care and influence meaningful change within the system. Storytelling is a pathway to healing.

Is it FASD? And does it matter? Swedish perspectives on diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Karin Heimdahl Vepsä (2020) Is it FASD? And does it matter? Swedish perspectives on diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2020.1841117

NIAAA celebrates 50 years of advancing alcohol research.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (17 Nov 20200 NIAAA celebrates 50 years of advancing alcohol. To commemorate five decades of biomedical discovery in the alcohol and health field, NIAAA will host a virtual scientific symposium,“Alcohol Across the Lifespan: 50 Years of Evidence-Based Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment Research”on 30 November and 1 December The event will be held via NIH Videocast.  Link here.

Researchers highlight gap in effective mental health and substance use treatment options for people with FASD

News Medical Life Sciences (20 Nov 2020)  Researchers highlight gap in effective mental health and substance use treatment options for people with FASD. Link to article here.

Alcohol messages disseminated to pregnant women by midwives

Olufunto A. Olusanya, Temitope Olokunlade, Matthew E. Rossheim, Kaylin Greene & Adam E. Barry (11 Nov 2020) Alcohol messages disseminated to pregnant women by midwives, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2020.1836187

‘Minnesota’s Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free’.

Gail Rosenblum (2 Oct 2020) ‘Minnesota’s Proof Alliance leader wants all pregnancies to be alcohol-free’. Research has shown since 1974 that alcohol during pregnancy harms a developing fetus, but she learned most people “did not have the facts.”