WHO IS NOFAS NH?

NOFAS NH began on September 9, 2011 with a group of passionate parents and professionals who believed in the importance of an organization in New Hampshire dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. 


The primary goal of NOFAS NH was and still is today, prevention, identification, education and advocacy. In 2011 NOFAS NH achieved 501 (c) (3) status, assembled a Board of Directors and begun the process of strategic planning. 


NOFAS  NH is the state affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). NOFAS is the leading voice and resource of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) community. Founded in 1990, NOFAS is an international non-profit organization committed to FASD prevention, education, advocacy and support.

 

NOFAS seeks to create a global community which works in collaboration and educates the public, practitioners, and policymakers about the risk of prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm fetal development including tobacco, marijuana, heroin and other opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine, recognizing that these substances are often used simultaneously. NOFAS supports individuals and families living with FASDs through referrals, advocacy, training for professionals, information dissemination, and a wide range of diverse initiatives and resources.


NOFAS NH is dedicated to collaborating with partners, at the state and national level, to offer trainings, and develop policies, resources and initiatives that educate and raise awareness of FASD. 


NOFAS NH continues to be comprised of a group of passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds including parents of children with FASD and professionals from the medical, human services and business field who desire to bring awareness and education of FASD to our New Hampshire community. NOFAS NH holds a seat on the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Perinatal Substance Exposure Task Force.  Together we can make a difference by raising awareness of the dangers of drinking while pregnant and the potential life-long effects to an individual and family struggling with an FASD. 

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NOFAS NH TRAININGS & AWARENESS INITIATIVES

  • NH Judges on FASD and the legal system 
  • Train the Trainer – multidisciplinary training session 
  • School nurses training on behaviors 
  • NH Attorney Generals conference, Partnering for a Future Without Violence
  • Speakers at Division of Children Youth and Family Conference
  • Lunch and learn on sight trainings for social service providers 
  • Awareness/prevention posters placed in 79 NH Liquor and Wine Outlets
  • Support group for individuals, families and caregivers affected by FASD

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