Support for Families with Children/Youth with FASD

Referrals to this program can be made if child/youth has had a full assessment done within the last 10 years from Sunny Hill, IHCAN, or recognized assessment center. Priority will be given to those with FASD assessments and direct referral from IHCAN for CDBC. Families that are moving through the assessment process can be referred for support, however, at this time priority will be given at this time to families with completed full assessments. Any family going through the assessment process, or who has a full assessment, may be referred through to the Parent to Parent support that is going through the process or has a full assessment.

West Kootenay Boundary Support for Families of Children and Youth with FASD Ministry of
Children and Family Development

Two new services are now available to assist families of children and youth with FASD.

Key Workers:

Key workers recognize that each family is unique and understand their role as one that builds on a family’s strengths and respects the diversity of each family.

Key workers assist families in understanding FASD by providing education and information specific to the needs of the child and family, while also providing emotional and practical support for families. They are familiar with community resources, assist families to access family support, health and education services, and are involved in the development of local support programs.

Children with FASD do best when their individual strengths are recognized and built upon in a supportive environment adapted to meet their needs. A key worker works with parents, family members, caregivers, and service providers to identify ways of adapting the child’s environment in response to the child’s needs. The Key Worker also strives to empower the family to become their own best advocates for their child.

Parent Support:

Parent support includes local parent and grandparent FASD training, parent mentoring, and parent support groups. Key workers can provide parents with more information on support services that may be available in or near their community.

In addition to the new FASD family support services, children and youth with FASD may also receive support from other MCFD programs.

Your West Kootenay Boundary Key Worker
Matt Weber
FASD Key Worker
Peer/Peer Support

Contact information
Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services
349 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC
Ph: 250-304-2676 or 1-877-304-2676
Fax: 250-304-2678
Email: mattfq@shaw.ca

Some FASD Resources
www.fascets.org
www.fasdconnections.ca
www.faslink.org
www.fascenter.samhsa.gov
www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/fasd