FASD Family/Caregiver Support Group Project

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The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) remains very committed to improving outcomes for children, youth and families affected by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). 

Community-based FASD Family/Caregiver Support Groups bring like-minded people together. Groups may be facilitated by service providers, volunteers or ideally both. FASD Support Groups provide a ‘gathering spot’, whether virtual or in-person, and an opportunity for mentorship, information sharing, emotional support and awareness activities.

 

2021/22 Cycle

 

Coming soon!

 

2020/21 Cycle

 

Applications were accepted for subsidies (up to $4,500 per group) from existing and new FASD Support Groups in Ontario to provide a forum for families and caregivers to:

  • Support each other and share information about PAE and FASD;
  • Contribute to knowledge exchange across the province;
  • Share effective/best practices between communities;
  • Support parent/caregiver mentorship; and
  • Organize and mobilize local FASD initiatives to improve outcomes for individuals living with FASD.

 

Webinar

 

We hosted an informational webinar, during which we reviewed the application process and discussed ideas and strategies about how to develop successful partnerships and support group activities. Watch it here! An additional webinar with a Q&A on the same topic is available here.

Please find below all of our webinar recordings for this cyle:

FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Leader Networking meeting (August 27, 2020)

Navigating Online Platforms (October 1, 2020)

Sharing Facilitating Skills and Tools for Online Groups (October 29, 2020)

FASD Program consent process + Celebrating the Holidays in 2020 (December 10, 2020)

FASD Service Provider Training project updates + Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic challenges for families with children impacted by Neurodevelopmental Disorders (January 28, 2021)

Budget timelines + Final Report + Upcoming call for application (February 25, 2021)

2020-21 cycle wrap-up + Next call for application coming soon + FASD Service Provider Training preview (March 25, 2021)

 

Resources

 

We are delighted to share with you the contact list for all subsidized FASD Family/Caregiver Support groups for the 2020/21 cycle. Download it by clicking on the table icon below.

We encourage you to connect with the leaders in your area to explore the specifics of the group activities, and learn how to attend or become directly involved. We also encourage you to discover ways to enhance existing work, and/or to create new and innovative support options for your community. 

2020/21 Cycle

 

We've been working at developing a resource to guide you when facilitating a support group as well as a Sample Safety Plan. You can download both documents below:

Organizing FASD Support Groups Guide

Safety Plan for Families and Caregivers (2020)

 

2019/20 Cycle – Summary

 

The second Cycle of the Provincial FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project has just finished up, and we continue to be inspired by the creativity and the dedication of so many. We are so pleased to see that many families are doing better as a result of this project. You can read below a few comments from some participants of the 49 supported groups about the support they received.

Click here to read the results from Cycle 2.

 

Quotes from support group participants

 

A webinar presented by Donna Debolt was organized to support you through the report and evaluation process. We also discussed specifically peer facilitation skills, unique needs of those experiencing FASD, risk management, complicated grief and loss, inclusivity of diverse family constellations etc.
You can access the webinar recording here.

 

Please find all of our webinar recordings for Cycle 2 below:

FASD Meeting – The implications of COVID-19 on family life and caregiving part 2 (April 30)

FASD Meeting – The implications of COVID-19 on family life and caregiving part 1 (April 2)

FASD Monthly Meeting January - Navigating challenging conversations and group dynamics, how to keep everyone safe

FASD Monthly Meeting November – FASD: Care for the caregiver

FASD Monthly Meeting October – When to involve police as a part of the safety and support plan?

FASD Monthly Meeting September – Community partnerships and sustainability efforts

Effective Practice for FASD Caregiver Support Groups

 

2018/19 Cycle – Summary

 

You'll find below a snapshot of what happened during cycle 1. You can also click on the images to download the full summary.

Map of Ontario with indications of how many groups came from which region Infiographics indicating the various types of projects that were subsidized
Second half of the infographics indicating the types of projects that were subsidized

 

What our leaders are saying...

Elements of successful support groups Barriers to successful support groups

 

Forum dedicated to First Cycle Subsidized FASD group leaders was organized on February 12th, 2019 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre to celebrate the work done by funded Support Groups during Cycle 1. The winter weather didn’t cooperate with us which meant that many were not able to attend in person as planned.  

For those of us who were there in person, it allowed for the sharing of information, the celebration of many successes and the ability to brainstorm together and discuss any challenges that we are presented with.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been able to attend, and our presenters who have done an amazing job adjusting to the conditions! 

Some videos of the presentations are now live, you can watch them here:

Kelly Harding’s presentation:

 

CAMH's presentation:

 

 

Contact Information

Email: FASDsupport@healthnexus.ca.

 

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario