Proof Alliance NC began as the Fetal Alcohol and Drug Program in 1983.
The primary goal of the program was the identification and prevention of problems associated with prenatal drug and alcohol exposure to the residents of North Carolina.
In 1992 the program expanded to provide information about all exposures during pregnancy and became known as the Pregnancy Exposure Program. Seven years later, the focus was returned to preventable pregnancy exposures related to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs and the name was changed to the NC Fetal Alcohol and Drug Program.
In 2002, the program moved to Mission Hospital’s Fullerton Genetics Center in Asheville. During this time, the program became known as The NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program. The prevention program consisted of a part-time contracted position that provided education sessions on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome that focused primarily on the western part of the state and at select state-wide conferences. Resources were provided via a toll-free phone service staffed by genetic counselors for pregnant women, their partners, and the professionals that served them about avoiding teratogens during pregnancy. This program still exists today and is known as MothertoBaby NC.
On July 1st, 2020, FASDinNC became an initiative of The Arc of North Carolina. As part of this move, The Arc of NC partnered with Proof Alliance and eliminated the FASDinNC name, to become Proof Alliance North Carolina. This effort between Proof Alliance and The Arc of North Carolina is aimed at expanding programming to support planned, alcohol-free pregnancies. The collaboration will include prevention campaigns, a website featuring the latest evidence-based public health information, and a training program that will result in dozens of professionals across the state of North Carolina becoming FASD-informed and facilitating prevention trainings in their own communities.
About Proof Alliance
The mission of Proof Alliance is to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
On October 15, 2020, Proof Alliance formerly partnered with FASDinNC to create Proof Alliance NC.
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100 percent preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100 percent of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
About The Arc of North Carolina
The Arc of North Carolina is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.
On July 1, 2020, The Arc of North Carolina formerly partnered with FASDinNC to create Proof Alliance NC.
The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value, are equal before the law, and must be treated with dignity and respect. Since 1953, The Arc of NC has been providing advocacy and support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of North Carolina is proud to offer Proof Alliance NC as an advocacy program across the state to help prevent FASD, the number one cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities in our country.
NOFAS works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy, and supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The NOFAS Affiliate Network was established in 2002 to unite organizations in an international coalition for the purpose of preventing FASD and meeting the needs of people living with the disorders, while each member organization maintains its identity and autonomy. It is the largest and longest-standing international coalition of FASD organizations.
Proof Alliance NC is a proud member of the NOFAS Affiliate Network.