is to provide training and other help to schools, parents, teachers, therapists, and others concerned at the lack of information on and—more importantly—help for children whose lives were changed before they were even born by parents who used drugs and/or alcohol.
Mary Bellis Williams is a consultant with a Ph.D. in Urban Education, and over 40 years of experience as a trainer, a teacher, a professor of teacher education, and an advocate and organizer.
She wrote Crack-Affected Children: A Teachers Guide, published by Corwin Press, and edited Helping Drug-Affected Children: What Schools and Districts Can Do. She is completing the book Drug-Affected Children: A Teachers Guide, and is also writing a book on parenting prenatally drug/alcohol-affected children.
Dr. Williams consults with school districts, helping them create programs which meet the needs of drug- and alcohol-affected children through intervention
programs, and then transitioning them into regular classrooms.
She also works with social service professionals in forging ties which can support families (including foster families, custodial grandparents, and birth parents) struggling to meet the needs of prenatally drug- and alcohol-impaired
She is the developer of the Behavior Frequency Scale, an instrument which is a valuable tool in identifying and helping prenatally drug- and alcohol-affected
Dr. Williams frequently works with staff of institutions working with behaviorally difficult children and youth, and has been an expert witness in relevant court cases.