February 24, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Virtual Event
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) Webinar and Dialogue with Experts Series: Improving Outcomes for Families Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Session I: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET
Session II: Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

Join NCSACW and Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff for a two-part session on improving outcomes for families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Other than tobacco, alcohol remains the most commonly used substance during pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure has stronger long-term effects on child growth, behavior, cognition, and achievement than other substances.

The first session covers:

  • Identification of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) during birth and early childhood
  • Strategies to assist parents or caregivers with children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure
  • How Plans of Safe Care (POSC) can link parents to services and supports
  • Examples of screening tools

Dr. Chasnoff will share his experiences and lessons learned while working with families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure in the second session—which also offers a chance to ask questions and share ideas.


Registration is free. You may submit questions in advance of the session during the registration process.


Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, an award-winning author, researcher, and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Chasnoff is one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant, child, and adolescent.

His research projects include multiple studies of the long-term cognitive, behavioral and educational developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, marijuana, and illicit drugs; strategies for screening pregnant women for substance use; the effects on birth outcome of prenatal treatment and counseling for pregnant women who misuse or abuse alcohol and other drugs; innovative treatment approaches for children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol or illicit drugs, and effective policy development that benefits children, families, and society as a whole. Since 2002, Dr. Chasnoff has been leading cutting edge research into innovative treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training, and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. Reach NCSACW via email: or visit:

These sessions are sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau.

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