Know the Facts
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are 100% preventable!
- Alcohol can have devastating effects on a baby’s developing brain.
- An estimated 1 in 100 newborns in the U.S. is affected with some form of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
- Help is available, and treatments can support a person to achieve a better quality of life.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a brain-based condition that causes a wide range of disabilities that may affect intelligence, social interactions and/or learning. In spite of the research findings, it receives little attention from health organizations in Illinois or the nation.
Where to turn for help
Services and resources are available to you or your family member who has FASD.
Families often feel overwhelmed by the challenges of FASD. These challenges often include a person’s educational, medical, social and occupational growth and development. In addition to information and resources, NOFAS Illinois can assist you to advocate effectively for your child or other person with FASD.
NOFAS Illinois offers services through the Neurofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois. We work with parents and guardians who have either a biological or adopted child who may have an FASD. The institute helps them to learn about negative effects of prenatal alcohol exposure that may be affecting the child’s development, learning and behavior. And, parents and caregivers receive direct services that help the child and family work on these issues on a daily basis.
Pregnant and considering a glass of wine or beer?
Please consider this: There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe for a pregnant woman to consume. If you are looking for help to stop drinking, a listing of treatment resources in your area is available at The SAMHSA treatment locator.
Resources for Professionals
NOFAS Illinois hosts a Chicago-area conference for workers in health care, education, social services, foster care, law enforcement, etc. Continuing education credits are available. For more information, call 630-369-4152.
Resources for Early Detection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer information about early screening for developmental disabilities, including those associated with alcohol use during pregnancy.
Birth Defects FASD Listen and learn more about birth defects that can occur when a baby’s brain is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.