Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

What are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems as well as problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the most severe of these disorders.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "to prevent FASDs, a woman should not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, or when she might get pregnant. This is because a woman could get pregnant and not know for up to 4 to 6 weeks. In the United States, nearly half of pregnancies are unplanned. If a woman is drinking alcohol during pregnancy, it is never too late to stop drinking. Because brain growth takes place throughout pregnancy, the sooner a woman stops drinking the safer it will be for her and her baby."

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Learn More About FASD and Prevention

FASD Fact Sheet
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDD)
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
March of Dimes
The Arc of the United States
U.S. Surgeon General: Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

Resources in Michigan

FASD Community-Based Projects Overview
SAMHSA Treatment Locator
Michigan's Home Visiting System
Michigan Department of Education Office of Great Start
Michigan Alliance For Families
Women's Specialty Services, Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
Healthy Michigan Plan
Michigan Affiliate of NOFAS - MCFARES 2016 Newsletter
Michigan Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamations

2015 Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamation
2014 Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamation
2013 Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamation
2012 Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamation
2011 Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamation
2010 Michigan Governor's FASD Proclamation

Michigan FASD Diagnostic Centers of Excellence

2016 FASD Diagnostic Centers of Excellence Contact Roster

Michigan FASD Strategic Plans

MI FASD Five Year Strategic Plan, 2015-2020, entitled: Preventing Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Supporting Individuals Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
MI FASD Maternal and Child Interagency Strategic Plan 2012-2014 Phase 1
MI FASD Task Force Youth In Transition and Adults 2012-2014 Phase 2
MI FASD Task Force Strategic Plan 2006-2011

Michigan FASD Training and Education

FASD - The Basics Webcast
Maternal Drinking in Pregnancy
2011 Early On Service Coordination Practice Guide for Children Age 0-3 years

Michigan FASD Legislative Information

2005 House Resolution No. 124
2006 House Resolution No. 301
2007 House Resolution No. 164
2009 House Resolution No. 149
2010 House Resolution No. 325
2012 House Resolution No. 307
2012 House Resolution No. 5572-Public Act 291