MCFARES came about as a result of a call to action by Barb Wybrecht, parent of the first infant in the United States to be diagnosed with an FASD. In the spring of 2003, agencies and families came together to develop a plan to address the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Macomb County. In 2013, the organization shifted to a statewide focus and became the FASD United affiliate for the state of Michigan.
Since 2003, MCFARES has succeeded in gaining local, state, and national attention by providing training, support, information, and services for anyone impacted by FASD. MCFARES continues to push for the highest quality of services and supports for Michiganders with an FASD and their families.
MCFARES now proudly supports the FASD Collaborative Project, a cross-organization, international initiative to increase high-quality training and support options for the FASD community.
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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of diagnoses that can occur in a person who was exposed to alcohol before birth. Up to 1 in 20 U.S. school children may have FASDs.
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
MCFARES' mission is focused on bridging the gap between individual needs and community services.
The Coalition strengthens served communities’ ability to eliminate prenatal alcohol exposure and provide support to persons and families impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) by delivering exemplary professional education, public awareness, and support.