Learning that your child or someone you love has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), which include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), may raise many strong feelings, including disappointment, loss, anger, and overwhelm. At the same time, the diagnosis may also bring relief-because now you can understand why your loved one is having behavioral and learning issues.
FASDs are caused when women drink alcohol while pregnant-there is no cure, but early intervention treatments can improve a child's development.
In the US, half of pregnancies are unplanned, and a woman may get pregnant and not know it for several weeks. The single most effective way to prevent these disorders is simple; do not drink alcohol if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are pregnant. No known amount of alcohol is safe at any time during your pregnancy.
Fullerton Genetics Center has extensive experience with these disorders and is the only diagnostic and treatment center of its kind in the Carolinas. This site provides the following for parents, families, caregivers, and others affected by this condition:
- What is FASD?
- How is FASD Diagnosed?
- Caring for People with FASD
- FASD Outreach Education
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder FAQ's
- Contact the FASD Program
Fullerton Genetics Center
11 Vanderbilt Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28803
Maps & Directions
If you have questions about alcohol use during pregnancy, you can call the Pregnancy Exposure Riskline at 800-532-6302. This is a confidential, toll-free number for North Carolina residents.