Through community development, advocacy and intensive supports, Bissell Centre’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services (FASS) program enhances the community’s capacity for prevention and awareness through education, and supports for the well-being of individuals, families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers.
“I’m not so scared anymore, I don’t feel like I have to go through everything alone.”
-FASS Community Member
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong condition with no cure. In Canada, prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading cause of preventable brain damage and birth defects. Children and adults with FASD may have a range of symptoms, including difficulty controlling behaviour and understanding consequences. Approximately nine out of every 1,000 children born in Canada are affected by FASD or roughly 1% of the population.
Parent Child Advocacy Program Partner
The Parent Child Advocacy Program (PCAP) offers mentorship to women who are at high risk of giving birth to a child with FASD. This includes women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, who are susceptible to or have used drugs and/or alcohol during the pregnancy. PCAP advocates work with women for three years.
The PCAP Partner Program provides support for those who have a major role in the PCAP Participant’s life. This is a resource that can be utilized by those individuals who are supporting a mother enrolled in the PCAP or FASD Adult program. The program isn’t limited to the partner or biological parent and can include a family member or friend in need of resources to support the mother.
Adult Advocacy provides one-on-one long-term (up to three years) mentorship to adult men and women who are affected by FASD. This is an outreach program that supports participants in determining their goals and helps them find success with their advocate. FASD is a spectrum that affects each individual in different ways and supports are implemented to accommodate the uniqueness of each person.
FASD MedicAlert Bracelets
We now offer MedicAlert FASD bracelets here at Bissell. This pilot program aims to achieve more equitable treatment for persons living with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by raising awareness among emergency first responders on how to approach these individuals as identified through their MedicAlert ID.
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Community Educators present to small and large groups on the dynamics of FASD. Each presentation is tailored to the business, school or organization’s needs. Presentations range from “FASD: the Basics”, to specific strategies, and consultations that are tailored to the group or individual. All presentations are free of charge.
FASD Frontline Worker Meetings
An opportunity for frontline workers to meet with each other and discuss issues they face in their work. Through collaboration we can find new and different ways to support our clients with FASD. There is an opportunity to case conference, learn about resources through presenters and network with community resources for FASD supports.
For more information on location and dates for FASD Frontline Worker Meetings or to book a presentation please contact:
FASS Community Educator
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