We believe that Created to be Free was born in God’s heart. Our founder/director Suzanne Emery worked with at-risk children in Costa Rica for over 20 years. This experience, together with adopting, loving, and raising two children showed her the great need in Costa Rica to understand fetal alcohol and other neurobehavioral conditions using the FASCETS brain-based model. After learning how prevalent FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is, how few people realize the link between brain and behavior, and seeing the frustration and stress that accumulate when there is no such understanding, she experienced a great desire to educate the people of Costa Rica about FASD, accompany them on the journey to improve outcomes for people affected by FASD, and reduce the incidence of these conditions. With the support of the Cultural Association of Monterrey, the Created to be Free project started in January 2013.


To raise understanding of FASD as an invisible physical brain-based disability and thus improve outcomes for each person affected by FASD so that they can reach their potential and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.


Every person living with FASD is free to be who God created them to be.

  • Honesty and Transparency: Have the courage to tell the truth and be real.
  • Creativity: God the Creator made every human being in His image, with the incredible capacity to find creative ways to help each person understand their true value and reach their God-given potential.
  • Acceptance: Take a step back and see, without interpreting or judging, so we can understand and respond differently.