Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Mission Statement

To identify and help children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and their families.

What is FASD & FAS?

FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This is not a diagnostic term, but an umbrella term that encompasses all disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

FAS is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is a group of symptoms seen in children who were exposed inutero.

FAS is often characterized by: Growth deficiency, with height or weight below the 3rd percentile; Facial characteristics-small eyes, smooth philtrum, thin upper lip; Central nervous system damage; Known exposure to alcohol in-utero

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading known cause of mental retardation and developmental disabilities among babies born in North America.

Problems Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Damage

Immature/inappropriate behavior; Memory deficits; Impulse control problems; Poor judgment; Learning disabilities and/or problems integrating new information; Reasoning difficulties.

Ability to control behavior is erratic and inconsistent. One day or moment, they can function in a reasonable manner, and the next be out of control, immature, forgetful, impulsive, and act inappropriately, making unwise choices.

Contact Info

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council
         of Butte County
  • P.O. Box 569, Chico CA 95927
  • (530) 899-3318

Relevant Websites

Prevent Child Abuse

The Council provides Mandated Reporter Trainings for people who work with children.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect in Butte County
call 1-(800) 400-0902