The North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program 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.
The program was housed in the Department of Pediatrics, Section on Genetics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and continued its work by a grant funded under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986. Additional support was provided by the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and the NC Department of Human Resources.
In 2002, the NC Fetal Alcohol and Drug Program moved from Wake Forest University to Mission’s Fullerton Genetics Center in Asheville. During this time, the program became known as the NC Teratogen Information Service (NCTIS) and the Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program. Over the next eight years, the prevention program consisted of a part-time contracted position that provided trainings and education sessions on FASDs primarily in the western part of the state and at select conferences throughout the state. NCTIS provided resources 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. In 2010, the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program grew to support a full time position to increase awareness about FASDs by providing trainings to a variety of disciplines across the state.
Since 2010, the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program has utilized grant funds to support a website, develop a brand (FASDinNC), continue outreach efforts, and promote the Fullerton FASD Clinic and Mother to Baby NC Program (formerly NCTIS) across the state.
In 2016, FASDinNC received funds from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to expand efforts to underserved areas in the eastern part of the state by contracting with East Carolina University.
Meet the Staff
Amy C. Hendricks, BS, is the Program Coordinator for FASDinNC and is a certified FASD Trainer through the University of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center. Amy has over 20 years of experience deeply rooted in the field of public health and prevention.
In her current position, Amy provides education to women of child-bearing age, and the professionals who work with them about the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy, as well as how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) may present in an individual across the lifespan. Amy also serves in an advisory capacity to the NC Collaborative on FASDs, as well as co-leads a workgroup whose efforts focus on the prevention of FASDs.
In her spare time, Amy is actively pursuing a career as a mixed media artist, enjoys hearing live music with her sweetheart and is a parent of two amazing young men!
Elizabeth Montgomery Lee
Elizabeth Montgomery Lee, MA is the Education Specialist for FASD in NC. Elizabeth’s background includes international sales, media reporting and teaching health education at East Carolina University, equipping her to work well with diverse people and communities and to present to meet her audiences’ needs.
She has worked in substance abuse prevention via training and coalition building for the past 14 years. Most recently Elizabeth attended the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Training and Services’ (FASCETS) three-day training to expand her knowledge on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).
Her teenage son was diagnosed with a FASD so Elizabeth knows first-hand how to work with a child with a FASD and share her knowledge with providers and/or parents. She spends her spare time reading, playing with her two dogs and playing video games or travelling with her son.