NM FASD Resource & Advocacy Center
Organized by: NM FASD
It is estimated that 40,000 babies are born each year in the United States with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), a range of effects that can happen to a fetus when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy. The risks are even higher for children who have spent time in foster care or who were adopted domestically or internationally. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can negatively impact children’s physical, mental, behavioral, and cognitive development. This neurological damage, which can often look like severe behavioral issues, lasts a lifetime and some children with FASDs require life-long assistance and support. The most recognized condition along the FASD spectrum, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), is comparable in prevalence to Spina Bifida or Down Syndrome.
Despite its high prevalence, FASD often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and unsupported. Children, families, and adults living with this life-long disability face preventable issues like mental health problems, educational failure, family disruptions, employment failure, and even repeated incarceration.
We are pleased to announce the formation of the New Mexico FASD Resource & Advocacy Center, a parent-founded advocacy group providing community, resources, support, and training for children, families, individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in New Mexico, as well as the helping professionals who support them. As the founders of NM FASD Resource & Advocacy Center, we are committed to creating a community aware and supportive of those living with FASD, so that they may live a life to their fullest abilities.
Please help us in supporting this vulnerable population. We are seeking to raise funds for the following:
- to apply for 501c3 tax exempt status. Once we obtain this, we will be able to apply for government and foundation grants that will allow us to work toward our mission. Cost: $400
- educational materials for New Mexico schools, social service agencies and government entities regarding FASDs. Cost: $500
- to train an FASD trainer who would in turn provide training throughout the state of New Mexico. Cost: $5000.
For more information on FASD, support for families, and resources available, visit us at www.nmfasd.org