FASD & the Justice System

While there are no national statistics on the rates of FASD in Canada, international estimates are that 9 in every 1000 babies are born with FASD. This means that more than 3,000 babies are born in Canada each year with FASD, and approximately 300, 000 people are currently living with this lifelong disability. However, diagnosing FASD takes time and special expertise, and a diagnosis may not be made early in a child's life, or may be missed entirely (PHAC 2008).  Consequently, FASD is highly under-diagnosed among the general Canadian population (Clarren 2008).