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Furthermore, NOFAS hopes to provide resources to people living with FASD and their
caregivers. By maintaining a variety of traditional and social media outlets, the organization is
able to expand its reach and provide materials to those seeking assistance. The organization
provides referrals to various affiliate organizations, treatment facilities, and outreach programs.
Additionally, through various campaigns such as the Circle of Hope and Stamp Out Stigma
campaigns, the organization hopes to create a network that can support mothers, families, and
individuals living with FASD.
Finally, NOFAS seeks to overcome the stigmatization surrounding FASD, particularity
the shaming of women who drink alcohol while pregnant. NOFAS hopes to raise awareness that
addiction and alcohol dependence are chronic issues that are at the core of FASD disorders, and
that in order to prevent FASD, these principal issues must first be addressed through therapeutic
FASD is an unfortunate, global phenomenon that affects the lives of thousands of
newborn children yearly, and continues to affect those newborns, mothers, and families
throughout the remainder of their lives. However, through the extensive efforts of NOFAS and
its wide reach into the public, health, and legislative spheres, raising public awareness of FASD
and advocating for the implementation of preventative measures will undoubtedly decrease the
prevalence of this tragic occurrence.
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