without support for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
One teen ends up sleeping under a bridge. Another is passed between temporary care homes. Carers and social workers agree: "There is nothing for these children." Josephine Franks reports.
Jessica* has always been a “full-on, out-there, risk-taker of a child,” her mother Tanya* says.
Sporty, bright, frighteningly good with computers, “everything was done at full speed”.
Jessica, now aged 14, came into Tanya and her husband’s care aged 11 months. During childhood, she was diagnosed with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).