Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, (FASD) results when a child is exposed to alcohol in its mother's womb. In the last several decades physicians and researchers have come to understand the serious neurological damages that can occur with prenatal exposure to alcohol. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a name for the most serious type of FASD.
FASD may appear in the life of the church as children who are disruptive in Sunday school, seemingly sincere young adults who nevertheless impulsively make poor decisions, and adults who seem to ricochet from one crisis to the next.
The awareness that such persons have a disability that affects their brain and its ability to cope with stimuli and make sound judgments challenges the church to new ways of thinking about sin and redemption and facilitates more helpful relationships with these persons.
Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders