national organization on fetal alcohol syndrome

About NOFAS and FASDs

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is the leading voice and resource of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) community. Founded in 1990, NOFAS is the only international non-profit organization committed solely to FASD primary prevention, advocacy and support.

NOFAS seeks to create a global community free of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and a society supportive of individuals already living with FASDs. NOFAS effectively increases public awareness and mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities and represents the interests of persons with FASDs and their caregivers as the liaison to researchers and policymakers. By ensuring that FASDs are broadly recognized as a developmental disability, NOFAS strives to reduce the stigma and improve the quality of life for affected individuals and families.

Shared Values and Beliefs with NOFAS Georgia

NOFAS Georgia is the state affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). We believe FASDs represent a national public health crisis. It is estimated that over 125,000 newborns every year are exposed to heavy or binge drinking—the highest risk for FASDs. Alcohol and pregnancy education must be elevated to a higher public health priority and medical and mental health care systems must better serve all families in need.

We believe society still does not see or understand the magnitude of FASDs. Many myths and misconceptions about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy remain despite more than thirty-five years of clinical research. Broad public education and media outreach must be sustained to teach the facts about FASDs.

We believe that to open the minds of those who can make a difference, we must remove the addiction and maternal stigma. Alcohol dependence is a chronic, progressive disease that can be treated. Treatment works, saves money and prevents future cases of FASDs. Shaming and punishing birth mothers perpetuate the crisis and misunderstanding of the issue.

We believe that...

FASDs are the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities.

>> Research suggests that 1 out of 100 live births has a FASD.

>> FASD prevention is at least ten-times more cost effective than the estimated $2 million lifetime cost to treat one person with fetal alcohol syndrome.

>> FASDs can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, income or educational level.

>> FASDs are completely preventable.

>> Children and adults with FASDs can succeed with treatment and appropriate strategies.

>> Birth mothers of children with FASDs deserve therapeutic intervention and treatment.

>> Families and caregivers living with FASDs deserve a voice among researchers and policymakers.

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