Resources for the Prevention of FASD

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has emphasized that the prevention of FASD can only be achieved through a "range of social and economic supports that enable women who may use alcohol during pregnancy to make informed and positive decisions about their health and the health of their family, and by improving awareness of the dangers and impacts of alcohol consumption during pregnancy."  These supports require an effective and coordinated action to address the underlying risk factors by all sectors of society.


Addictionary: Drug Treatment Center Finder

Provides educational information on various aspects of addiction, as well as as a directory of treatment options across the United States.


Addiction Centre 

Toll-free: 1-877-655-5116

 Addiction Center is a comprehensive addiction information hub. They are the definitive guide to the dangers of abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and more. They review top treatment centers to help you find the one that gives you or your loved one the best chance at a successful recovery.


Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service

Toll-free: 1-800-663-1441, Lower Mainland: 604-660-9382
Provides toll-free information and referral to treatment services and agencies across British Columbia for those who are seeking assistance with any kind of alcohol and other drug misuse.  The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Asante Centre Prevention Materials

The Asante Centre has developed two series of prevention materials:

  • Young Women and Alcohol: designed for women of childbearing age who consume alcohol and are sexually active, but not planning for pregnancy
  • Hear Me: depicts a First Nations Storyteller spreading awareness to all nations of the world of the risks of drinking alcohol in pregnancy. 
 These materials are found at our Maple Ridge office, which is located 103-22356 McIntosh Ave.

The Best Chance: Giving You and Your Child the Best Chance for a Healthy Life,

The Best Chance website is filled with up-to-date and practical information, useful tools and resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age.  The site also offers quizzes and activities to teach about FASD, useful in the classroom or for events such as International FASD Awareness Day on September 9th of each year.


Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre,

Best Start offers a selection of awareness and prevention of FASD materials, including pamphlets with basic information on the risks of alcohol in pregnancy, recipes for mocktails, ideas for developing prevention campaigns and more.


FASD Awareness Day

The site FASD Awareness Day offers a variety of ideas for planning an event in your own community to celebrate International FASD Awareness Day on September 9th of each year.


FASD Prevention - Supporting Marginalized Women Who Live with FASD

Guarasci, A., Rutman, D., Lawley, L. & Scrivens, H. (2013) 

FASD Prevention: Supporting Marginalized Women who Live with FASD. Panel Presentation at the First International Conference on the Prevention of FASD, Institute of Health Economics, Edmonton, September 2013


FASD Stigma, Why Do Women Drink When Pregnant? 

This video, by neurodevnet, discusses some of the reasons women may drink while they are pregnant. This video includes a mother sharing her personal story of why she drank while she was pregnant.


Girls, Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy 

This blog is a project of the Canada FASD Research Network and offers perspectives on FASD prevention. 


Is it Safe for My Baby: Risks and recommendations for the use of medication, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (2007)

Is it Safe for My Baby? provides information to families who are expecting a child or planning a pregnancy on a variety of relevant health topics, including vitamins, substance use, medications and more.



Mothercraft offers a variety of research and publications on the prevention and intervention of FASD, including resources on supporting women at risk of having a child with FASD.



Motherisk offers a variety of prevention materials and research, as well as a 24 hour help line where families can find answers to their questions about pregnancy, alcohol and/or other drug use.


Mother to Baby California

Mother to Baby offers information on the risks of medications and more during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Check out their fact sheets and community forums, access their free hotline or email an expert specific questions to get the latest evidence-based research response.



NineZero is a project designed to educate and create public awareness of FASD, in order to prevent FASD based on the concept of zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy.  The project has developed some exciting tools, including a print ad, a video PSA for FASD Awareness Day, and NineZero wrist and new ankle bands.


Nurturing Change: Working effectively with high risk women and affected children to prevent and reduce harms associated with FASD

Leslie, M., and Roberts, G. (2004) Mothercraft, Breaking the Cycle and Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse

This manual was written to enhance the skills of service providers working in prenatal and early childhood settings in Canada to engage and support pregnant women who use alcohol or other substances, and identify and support children who may be affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and their families.


September 9, 2012: International FASD Awareness Day - Promotion and Prevention, Activities and Resources

Canada Starts Here: Families First (2012) Government of British Columbia

September 9th of each year marks International FASD Awareness Day to create awareness for the prevention of FASD and the need for support of individuals living with the disability.  This document is intended to support community organizations to engage their communities in activities that will help to promote FASD awareness and to prevent FASD, including ideas for planning activities, suggestions for prevention activities, a sample media release and Q&A’s to help you be prepared if you are asked questions by the media, and FASD resources and websites.


What We Have Learned: Key Canadian FASD Awareness Campaigns

Burgoyne, W. (2005) Best Start: Ontario’s Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre

This guidebook informs readers on key considerations for the development of campaigns raising awareness of FASD, including research participant responses to various wording, images and more.  This resource is available for free download through the Public Health Agency of Canada.