About Glena Andrews, Ph.D., MSCP
As a clinical psychologist with extensive training in neuropsychology, Dr. Andrews has been involved in researching brain and behavior interactions since working at the University of Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute in the 1980s. She began conducting research with people with agenesis of the corpus callosum in the early 1990s. In 1998 she expanded her research to children and adolescents with prenatal exposure to alcohol. This research continues comparing behaviors in children with prenatal exposure to alcohol with children with ACC, ADHD, prenatal exposure to methamphetamines, and those diagnosed with conduct disorder.
History of FAS Times
People around the world have described FAS Times as a vital educational reference, not only for affected individuals and parents, but for professionals in the health care, education, chemical dependency, developmental disability, mental health, vocational rehabilitation, child welfare and criminal justice systems. So where did all of this start?
In 1991, the Washington State Adoption Support program* managers were receiving a lot of frantic phone calls from desperate parents having trouble raising children with special needs. So they asked Jocie DeVries (mother of two children with FASD who were on the adoption support program) to write a summary of her family’s experience raising children diagnosed with this condition.
The subsequent letter she wrote was mailed out to every family receiving Adoption Support. Everyone concerned recognized the tremendous value of parents pooling their information on this little recognized and often misunderstood disability. Jocie was encouraged by adoption support staff to continue and expand the communication and information exchange between families. The resulting body of information came to be called the Collective Family Experience on FASD because it described the behaviors and experiences most common to families raising children with FASD. The Collective Family Experience grew and developed into a vital body of information and expertise, straight from the wisdom of practice and frontline experience.
Thus Jocie’s original letter naturally and easily evolved into an informal newsletter sent out to other parents, which became a more formal but intermittent newsletter called FAS Times in 1992. We soon started to get inquiries from professionals in many service systems about children and adults with FASD, so we added them to our mailing list. In 1995, the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse in DSHS recognized the value of the newsletter and funded the FAS Family Resource Institute for its quarterly publication through June 2008. At the height of our circulation we had about 3,000 parents and professionals on our mailing list from all across the U.S. and several foreign countries.
Although we will no longer be producing new issues of FAS Times, this important body of knowledge will not be lost. We hope to make the PDF’s of all back issues available soon on this website.
In the meantime our Family Preservation Blog and other publications shall continue to gather input from the Collective Family Experience and distribute it in other venues. Our educational initiatives are constantly evolving as we work to fulfill our mission: to help others identify, understand and care for affected individuals and to prevent future generations from having to live with this disability.