Project Harmony is a program of Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services (CHS). In January of 2006 we were awarded a grant through the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Goals and objectives for this grant include coordinating education and providing services of prevention, intervention, and support concerning FASD.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are physical, learning and behavioral problems that can affect an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Individuals with FASD can struggle in the classroom and in the community. Problems with impulse control, hyperactivity, and not understanding consequences can lead to behavior problems in the classroom and often to criminal offenses later in life. It is estimated that every 1:100 children born are directly affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, but in reality we are all affected by FASD.
FASD involves permanent damage to the brain but it is 100% preventable! Please consider what you can do to help spread the word that there is no safe time, no safe kind and no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
For more information, visit the Community Health Services Website.