I am sorry this is late. With it being Thanksgiving, the week got away from me. :)
A common concern of parents adopting internationally is adopting a child with FAS [Fetal Alcohol syndrome], also known as Alcohol-related neuro development disorder.
Facts about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a set of physical and mental birth defects that can result when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy. When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, such as beer, wine, or mixed drinks, so does her baby. Alcohol passes through the placenta right into the developing baby. The baby may suffer lifelong damage as a result. Read more here.
Contrary to popular belief there is no SAFE amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Though the effects of alcohol on a developing fetus are still being studied, and there is much that is not known, there is a lot of good information out there. One of the best resources I have found is the book," Damaged Angels", by Bonnie Buxton. She talks of her daughter with FAS and what her journey has been like.
Another good resource is FASlink. There are so many resources out there. An important thing to remember is that FAS is NOT a death sentence. There are all kinds of degrees of struggles with FAS, and there IS help!
Many children are listed on Reeces Rainbow with FAS. Please take the time to pray for them and if you feel a familiar tug that often happens in teh heart of adoptive parents, consider them becoming a part of your family!