Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) results from the toxic effect of drinking alcohol when pregnant. Children are born with a recognizable pattern of mental and physical defects.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Resources 
Publications and resources about prevention and intervention strategies and treatment for FASD.

5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Toll Free: 877-726-4727 or 800-457-4889 (TDD)
Contact SAMHSA

Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit (FADU) – University of Washington
Provides information for individuals and families, training and consultation

1107 E. 45th St., Suite 120                                                                                                                                                         Seattle, WA 98105                                                                                                                                                                            206-543-7155

Fax: 206-685-2903

Email: ccernst@uw.edu

National Center Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
Information for individuals, families, professionals
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Mailstop E-86
1600 Clifton RD
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 800-232-4636 or 888-232-6348 (TTY)
Contact Form
Free Materials

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Information on birth defects
Massachusetts Chapter
112 Turnpike RD, Suite 300
Westboro, MA 01581
Phone: 508-366-9066

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Funds treatment for substance abusing pregnant women. Some treatment centers fund treatment for newborn or young children.
Department of Public Health
250 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108
Phone:  617-624-5111
TTY and ASCII Users: 800-720-3480
Voice and Hearing Users: 1-800-327-5050

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
information about alcohol and substance abuse and risks during pregnancy
217 Broadway, Suite 712
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-269-7797
Fax: 212-269-7510
Hotline: 800-NCA-CALL (24 hour referral)
Email: national@ncadd.org

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
information on diagnosis, prevention, frequently asked questions
1200 Eton Court NW, Third Floor
Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202-785-4585
Fax: 202-466-6456
Email: information@nofas.org
Resources for Massachusetts

Other Information:

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – US National Library of Medicine

Fact Sheet last updated on: 8/16/2021


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