Colorado Chapter of FASD United
Illuminate Colorado is home to the Colorado Chapter of FASD United, the national voice on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
As a state chapter, we are a part of a national network of organizations and community members working to promote programs and resources informed by science that enable kids, families, and entire communities to thrive—today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.
Formerly National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), FASD United supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities and works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy.
Our History Together
In 2017, the Colorado Chapter of NOFAS (now called FASD United) was among the four independent nonprofit organizations in Colorado that consolidated to leverage resources and increase capacity to more effectively prevent child maltreatment in Colorado. Since then, we’ve grown exponentially in service of our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment.
As the Colorado Chapter of FASD United, Illuminate Colorado convenes the Colorado Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee, Family Advisory Board, and associated work groups which includes the FASD Awareness Work Group. The FASD Awareness Work Group is a voluntary, statewide collaborative dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families impacted by FASDs in Colorado, through advocacy, education, and awareness efforts. Additionally, through Circle of Parents, Illuminate offers parent support particularly tailored to parents of children with an FASD and parents in recovery.
Thousands of Colorado families are impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), a term used to describe a range of effects that can occur in a person exposed to alcohol before birth.
Illuminate Colorado is excited to honor Birth Defects Awareness Month by announcing our newest program: FASD Support!
Throughout September, we have explored all of the ways we can support families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), including things you can learn, be, do, and say. This week, as we look back on all the work we’ve done, we will also look ahead to what we can do and share throughout the year for individuals and families across the state…
Effective communication, rooted in strengths-based language, is a powerful tool in supporting families impacted by FASD. This week, we are focusing on how allies can utilize communication that emphasizes positivity and empowerment…