Welcome and Introduction

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What is the FASD Network of Southern California?

The FASD Network of Southern California (formerly known as the Southern California FASD Information & Support Network) is an information and support resource for parents, caregivers, advocates, educators and treatment professionals of persons who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or anyone who is suspected of being affected by FASD. It is also useful for students or professionals who are interested in the challenges faced by families affected by these conditions.

In 2014, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted the FASD Network of Southern California status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization.

Who is it for?

This network is targeted to persons who live or work in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and/or Kern Counties. Anyone whose FASD-affected client, student, patient, coworker, romantic partner, neighbor, friend, or family member lives or works in Southern California may also participate in the network.

What does the network do?

Members of our network may participate in our email discussion group, may join our Facebook group, encourage anyone they know to follow our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, attend occasional training workshops sponsored by the network, and may attend network meetings. All of our activities allow participants to share experiences, network ideas and resources, learn about current issues, and explore strategies to help FASD-affected individuals succeed.

What kind of information does this site contain?

There is a great deal of information about FASD on the Internet. This site consists largely of brief text and links to external sites that members of our network recommend as being the most useful to parents and others who are concerned about the lives of persons who are affected by FASD. We also provide document files about FASD  in the public domain that you may download from this site. You may find documents especially helpful to print out when you need to inform someone about FASD and how it may influence the behavior of a person affected by FASD.

How do I use this site?

Using the Menus

There is a sidebar Menu at the left, and a tab menu at the top of the page. Notice that the sidebar menu items are in alphabetical order. Find a starting place using either menu. Click a menu heading to display the page on that subject.

Note:

  • Click the Sitemap link in the sidebar menu to display a hierarchy of all the pages contained in the site. 
  • Click Recent site activity in the sidebar menu to see what's new on this site.

Using the Search Box

Notice that the top right corner of the window contains a Search box. Enter a word or phrase in this box, and then click Search this site. If your search term is contained in this site, the result(s) will be displayed, and you can click on an item to display the information here.

Subscribe to Site Updates

Click the Site Updates menu item and follow the page instructions to subscribe to an email service to receive notices when the site content has changed.

Using the Information

Read the information provided. Where shown, the page contains links to sub-topics of the main heading. This lets you focus on a more specific subject when you need one. As desired, click on a link to get to the page you want.  Some links will redirect you to another web site, not affiliated with this one, that provides more information.

Getting More Information or Help

If you cannot find the information you hoped to find by using the menus, Search box, by browsing through the site, or by clicking the links provided, feel free to contact us by email or by phone. If one of us can help you or refer you to someone more knowledgeable, we will.

If you want to make a correction to a page, find an error or "broken" (dead end) link on a page, add a new link to a page, or would like to request information on a new or different topic that would help persons or families affected by FASD or the professionals who assist them, please use the Feedback form. This Internet form will open in a new browser tab or page, depending on how your web browser is configured to show a new page when you click a link. This way, you can see both the page you want to comment on (as appropriate) and the Feedback form.

Or, you can always contact the webmaster.