National FASD Support

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) community.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.

According to the CDC and the U.S. Surgeon General, “There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. FASD are considered to be the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation and other birth defects.

The New Jersey Department of Health has been committed to addressing perinatal addiction by providing support to a system of FASD risk reduction and perinatal addiction services. These risk reduction services include referral for treatment and education. For additional information about these services or for more information on the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, please contact the Reproductive and Perinatal Health Services at (609) 292-5616.

Last Reviewed: 1/10/2019