What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a relatively new umbrella term to describe organic brain disorders, which are characterized by central nervous system involvement, growth retardation and distinctive facial features, which develop in individuals whose mothers, consume alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD is often called the “hidden” or “invisible” disability as physical characteristics may go unrecognized.  Many alcohol-affected children are endearing and affectionate, and these qualities can mask the seriousness of this lifelong neurological disability.

FASD is 100% preventable; it is not genetic or inherited. FASD is more likely to occur following continuous or heavy intake of alcohol during pregnancy. FASD prevention is not just a women’s issue, pregnant women need support from their partners, extended family members and community in order to abstain from alcohol. FASD is irreversible.


Characteristics of FASD affected individuals can include:

  • Language/speech development

  • Reading/writing development

  • Memory deficits

  • Anger and aggression

  • Problems managing time

  • Gross motor control problems

  • Difficulty with social skills

  • Understanding consequences

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Withdrawal and isolation

  • Short attention span

  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Support Services We Provide

  • FASD education and awareness for families and communities

  • Assistance /Advocacy accessing school based service

  • Information on community resources

  • Assistance in interpreting diagnostic reports concerning your child’s neurological diagnosis

  • Transitional supports

  • Non-judgmental person to talk to and offer support

  • Birth mom, foster parent and adoptive parent support