HISTORY

SoCal NOFAS was originally started as CalFAS in 2003 and was one of the first state affiliates to join the NOFAS national network.  Originally founded by a dedicated group of mothers, CalFAS was involved in many grass root activities as well as advocating at both the state and federal level to bring awareness of FASD to California by educating legislators.

With renewed collaborative spirit and opportunities, CalFAS was re-organized in 2012 under the new name of SoCal NOFAS – The Southern California affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  We have formed a partnership with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Rady Children’s Hospital and are pleased to have Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones and Dr. Christina Chambers as key members of our organization.  Dr. Jones and Dr. Chambers lead the Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery, a multidisciplinary program at UC San Diego’s Department of Pediatrics that is dedicated to providing education, screening, and research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Our region arguably has the highest concentration of expertise in diagnosis and other resources regarding FASD, which is invaluable to the parents and caregivers of loved ones living with these conditions.

Executive Board of Directors:

Peggy Combs-Way
Julie Pollock
Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones
Dr. Christina Chambers