Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Our Policy • Judges need to be equipped to respond to the due process needs of all parties that come before them. People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) may have needs that require special attention or services. • Once educated on the effects of FASD, judges can develop policies and practices that respond to the needs of individuals with FASD within and outside the courtroom. • Judges can lead collaborative efforts to promote the development of specialized services and resources for those with FASD who come into contact with the court system. Our Work The NCJFCJ was funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institute of Health to convene a judicial workgroup meeting to discuss practice recommendations and tool development in support of judicial engagement related to FASD. This meeting informed the development of a tool that can be used on or off the bench by judges hoping to understand better the effects of FASD and how to respond to individuals affected by FASD.

Our Vision for the Future 1. Parents and children who are affected by FASD are identified and provided with appropriate services.

2. Judges are well educated about FASD to be better informed in their decision making.

3. Judges take a leadership role in communities to coordinate responses to FASD.

The NCJFCJ recommends continuing funding levels on a state and national scale to implement promising programs, as well as to further educational efforts in the field.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges www.NCJFCJ.org / Ph. (775) 507-4777

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