January | February 2017

New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP website. Print publications may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum  Disorders—OJJDP Listening Session Report Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders—OJJDP Listening Session Report
NCJ 249202

Listening Session Report

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term for a range of disabilities of varying severity that affect youth who were exposed to alcohol during prenatal development. Youth with FASD often have poor social skills, lack impulse control, have difficulty managing conflict, and they are at increased risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system. There is a need to educate legal and judicial professionals about FASD so they can more effectively respond to youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving outcomes for all youth, OJJDP—in collaboration with the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and the Commission on Youth at Risk—hosted a 2-day listening session on FASD. This report summarizes the information on diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitative care that was shared during the listening session as well as perspectives on the adjudication of youth with FASD.

View or download the report.