FASD Mentorship Program
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by a woman consuming alcohol while pregnant - the fetus is exposed directly to alcohol through her bloodstream. Alcohol can interfere with the growth and development of all fetal body systems; however, the developing central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) is especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol. These effects, which can vary from mild to severe, may include physical, mental, behavioural, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications. There is no cure, but early and appropriate supports can make a positive impact and improve outcomes for individuals with FASD.
FASD affects individuals from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. FASD is a ‘spectrum’ disorder because it crosses every sector of the population and affects different people in different ways.
Affecting an estimated nine out of every 1,000 babies born in Canada, FASD is a complex social and public health issue. An estimated 36,000 Albertans are living with FASD.
FASD is preventable. There is no safe amount or type of alcoholic beverage, and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Pregnant women are advised not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy.
FASD Mentors support individuals who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) by developing a relationship, providing advocacy, and helping with goal setting.
FASD Mentors have found each individual they support is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges – although they are sometimes faced with complex difficulties, they show great resilience. Our goal is to assist our clients to build and maintain healthy lifestyles including developing life and social skills while strengthening community involvement and support.
We provide one-to-one mentorship for individuals who may be prenatally exposed to alcohol, possibly resulting in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Services are voluntary, free, confidential and available in your home.
This program is available in Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Athabasca, Barrhead, Calling Lake, Lac Ste. Anne County, Swan Hills, Westlock, Whitecourt, Woodlands County, and surrounding areas.
FASD Mentors work with participants to
Develop strategies to build effective social and life skills
Develop and implement personal goals
Connect to other community programs and services
Work with the individual's circle of influence, including family, caregivers, educators and service providers.