NEAFAN’s FASD Programs and Supports

FASD programs and services actively promote that drinking no alcohol during pregnancy is best. These programs address prevention, awareness as well as supports for diagnosis/assessment and a variety of supports to individuals with FASD and their families. Through facilitating information exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration, NEAFAN coordinates FASD programs and support services using a holistic, client-focused approach to work with their community partners to deliver culturally appropriate services in northeast Alberta.

FASD Assessment and Diagnosis is the first step towards helping individuals and caregivers learn how to cope. FASD diagnosis ensures adequate supports are put in place, leading to improved outcomes for those affected by FASD.

The Prevention Conversation harnesses community FASD awareness and an online prevention training program for front-line health and social services professionals to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage their clients/patients in a supportive and non- judgmental conversation about alcohol use during pregnancy, its lasting effects on the developing child, and resources and supports available to women of childbearing age.

The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) provides services for targeted and indicated prevention of FASD. PCAP provides specialized and holistic support to women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth and have used drugs and/or alcohol during the pregnancy. (PCAP) mentors provide practical support and work individually with them to ensure a stable environment.

Urban and Rural Outreach Programs and support for individuals and caregivers’ programs assist and support individuals affected by FASD and their families/caregivers. Based on the client’s needs, outreach workers endeavor to address needs, set goals and work to achieve them, to enhance positive outcomes.

The Women’s Wellness Program through the Centre of Hope assists homeless women to access health care and provides outreach services. The program aims to support women to make healthy choices and prevent FASD. Captain’s Place is a supportive housing initiative for homeless men who are suspected of or have already been diagnosed with FASD. While at Captain’s Place, the men are supported by a small team which takes a client focused and holistic approach to mentoring.  Our Bridges Program delivered via WJS builds on strengths for the betterment of children, youth, and families, by providing information, family support and connections to community resources.

Wrap2.0 FASD Instructional Coaches works to enhance the capacity of school authority staff, including principals, teachers, educational assistants to support students with FASD. Their work helps to promote the creation of positive and supportive learning environments. As learning leaders, FASD Instructional Coaches continue to gain knowledge about emerging trends and research based FASD instructional practices.