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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

No alcohol during pregnancyFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) describe the birth defects that can occur when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol.  They include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong impacts.  FASD is the leading cause of preventable intellectual disability.

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is a member of the Interagency Task Force on FASD.  The mission of the Task Force is to increase awareness and promote the effective prevention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in New York State.

The Task Force developed four prevention messages to remind pregnant women about the importance of alcohol abstinence during pregnancy. 

Mother with childEach of the messages below were sent to health care providers, county health departments, health plans and the news media to help improve the lives of New Yorkers affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.

In addition, this helpful FASD brochure provides more in-depth information on FASD.

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