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District of Columbia

FASD State Coordinator (NAFSC Member)

Sharon Brandon
Program Coordinator and State FASD Coordinator
District of Columbia Department of Health
Community Health Administration
Perinatal and Infant Health Bureau
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-442-9374
Fax: 202-671-0854

Legislative Information:

Bill Number Category Introduced Description Status

B19-466 Exit Disclaimer Graphic

Requirements for Professionals and Criminalization


Bill 19-466 would amend the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Act of 1977 to conform to the requirement of the federal Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act Reauthorization Act of 2010 (“CAPTA Reauthorization Act”). The proposed legislation would make the following changes:

  • Not require the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to make reasonable efforts to reunify or preserve the family if a parent has committed certain crimes against a child or if the parent must register with a sex offender registry;
  • Require health care professionals to notify the CFSA when a child under 12 months of age is diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); and
  • Expand and clarify the definition of neglect to include an infant that has been diagnosed with FASD.

Effective date of law 7/13/12.