Among our many duties, the essentials include feeding, clothing, attending to any medical requirements that are needed and introducing the previously hurt and vulnerable little humans to a family structure.
Most of the children in our care suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ( FASD). In our 10 years of existence as Miracle Kidz Safe House we have come to learn alot about FASD and the extent of the problem in South Africa but more specifically in the Western Cape.
What are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders?
“Mothering begins when a child is conceived not when a child is born” – Medical Doctor
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to encompass several clinical diagnoses all of which are the result of prenatal alcohol exposure. The term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders covers Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (PFAS), Alcohol Related Birth Defects (ARBD) and Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND). FASD include the wide variety of physical, intellectual, behavioral and developmental effects seen in people who were exposed to alcohol before they were born. In other words, prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause a spectrum of disabilities from very mild to very severe. Whether the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure are mild or severe they are all covered by the term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.