Families Moving Forward Program

Prenatal alcohol exposure affects 2 to 5 percent of the population in the United States. Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) struggle with life-long learning and behavior problems. The Families Moving Forward (FMF) Program helps children with FASD, their families, and the professionals who care for them. It is a positive parenting program designed for children with FASD from ages 3 to 12 years old.

The FMF Program is currently available to families in the Rochester and Buffalo regions. Across 14-22 sessions, caregivers work with their FMF Specialist to better understand their children’s behavior and develop new skills and strategies to help their children function better. The FMF Program also provides support to caregivers and helps families identify helpful linkages to needed community resources and services. Consultation with child’s school team and other professionals working with the child is also provided.

Families in Rochester receive services at Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at 200 East River Road and families in Buffalo receive services in their home or community location.

The FMF Program has been evaluated as part of three clinical research studies, with positive improvements for children and families. A new study is underway that families can join that is evaluating the FMF Program in community settings.

Program Director: Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.


Contact Information:

Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.
(585) 275-2991 extension 241