NOFAS Congratulates Maryland CASA for Hosting Outstanding Symposium on FASD

NOFAS board members and staff provided support for a successful FASD symposium that was sponsored and hosted by Maryland CASA, titled Advocating For Children & Families Living with FASD.  The event was held in Annapolis, Marylandon January 27, 2017.

NOFAS board member William J. Edwards presented on FASD in the criminal justice system, and board member Doug Waite presented on the role of pediatricians in working with FASD.

The event was targeted towards workers at Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and had over one hundred attendees.

NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell was a featured presenter at the event, and NOFAS President Tom Donaldson served as moderator.

This symposium provided an expansive overview of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and implications of FASD.  Attendees gained an understanding of FASD and how to advocate for needed intervention in the medical, social services, mental health, educational, and juvenile justice systems.

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Brooke Lierman – Maryland House of Delegates

William J. Edwards, Esq. – Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender

Dr. Douglas Waite, MD – The Keith Haring Clinic, Children’s Village

Dr. Larry Burd, Ph.D. – North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Center


Tom Donaldson, NOFAS President

Kathy Mitchell, NOFAS Vice-President and Spokesperson

Cathy Allen – Parent of a child with FASD

Elizabeth, a young woman living with FASD, with William J. Edwards

Attendees at merchandise tables

Brooke Lierman – Maryland House of Delegates (at podium)

Lori James-Townes, LCSW-C – Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Meredith Jossi, LCSW-C – Maryland Office of the Public Defender (at left), with Lori James-Townes

Diane Smith Howard, J.D. – National Disability Rights Network

Leslie Seid Margolis, J.D. – Disability Rights Maryland