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NationalFASD supports people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), their families, communities and the professionals who support them. It promotes education for practitioners and raises public awareness about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. NationalFASD is part of the FASD UK Alliance, which runs the UK’s most vibrant online FASD support group.

This session aims to provide adoption services and practitioners an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It aims to help fostering and adoption services by providing strategies and resources to assist agencies who are working with children or young people with a FASD diagnosis. Our presenters are Sandy and Martin Butcher, co-founders and co-chairs of the Hertfordshire FASD Support Network. Our Chair is Alice Sewell, trainer at NationalFASD.


Sandra Ionno Butcher is Chief Executive of National FASD. Sandy joined the organisation in January 2017. She has nearly 30 years of campaigning, fund-raising, media and organisational experience, working with diverse networks to create positive change in public policy. In her prior position, she served as executive director of the international Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, recipients of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize. Most of her career has focused on the intersect of science, social responsibility and policy. Working with the Trustees, Sandy has been overseeing a realignment and expansion of the organisation’s projects. She works with stakeholders, experts, the media and policy makers to promote greater awareness of and support for those with FASD.

Martin Butcher is adopted, and an adoptive Dad. Together with Sandy they founded the East Herts and FASD Support Network after their son was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and they discovered no support was available. Martin and Sandy both write and speak about FASD for parents and professional audiences. In professional life, Martin works for Oxfam and has specialised in arms, arms control and disarmament for over 30 years.


Alice Sewell, Trainer for National FASD, is the training officer at National FASD. Prior to this role, Alice worked as a primary school teacher for 7 years in a range of diverse areas working with children of all abilities and backgrounds.  Before commencing the role as the training officer with National FASD, Alice worked in the private sector specialising in training and development.