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387 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
September 2020 is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month
Whereas, on behalf of the citizens of Warren County, Pennsylvania, We are pleased to join Forest/Warren Department of Human Services and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems Prevention Services in promoting September 2020, as Fetal Alcohol Awareness Month in Warren County; and,
Whereas, the term “fetal alcohol spectrum disorder” (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in a baby whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy; with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) being the most involved condition along the spectrum; and
Whereas, Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and developmental disabilities; and
Whereas, The exact number of people who have FASD is unknown, but it is estimated that up to 1 in 20 school children may have an FASD, a rate comparable to Autism, and about 40,000 babies are born with effects of prenatal alcohol exposure annually, and
Whereas, the lifetime cost for one individual with FAS (does not include other FASDs) is estimated to be $2 million, with a combined cost to the United States for FAS alone over $4 Billion annually, and
Whereas; Many woman may not know they are pregnant for the first 4-6 weeks, contributing to the late entry into prenatal care and presenting a barrier to optimal pregnancy management, particularly during the crucial early weeks; and
Whereas, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, contributing to late entry into prenatal care and presenting a barrier to optimal pregnancy management, particularly during the crucial early weeks of embryonic development; and
Whereas, the good health and well-being of the people of Warren County are enhanced by the support of a national effort to educate about and prevent FASDs; and
Whereas, Forest/Warren Department of Human Services and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, join with all residents of Warren County, Pennsylvania, and the many dedicated volunteers, health care professionals, educators, and parent groups by participating in this promotion.
Now, therefore, we the Warren County Commissioners, do herby proclaim the month of September, 2020, as: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month in Warren County, Pennsylvania and pledge to continue to partner with organizations, health care professionals, educators, and the public to raise awareness about our unified message: Pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix.
ADOPTED THIS 26th day of August, 2020.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Tricia D. Durbin
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Commissioner