What We Do
We believe people with FASD will thrive in a community that is aware and knowledgeable and encourages a healthy response to FASD issues. We are proud to work together with our members, funded agencies and other community systems and service partners to respond to the strengths and challenges of individuals, families, caregivers and communities impacted by FASD across the lifespan.
Through the wonderful donors and funders who support our work, we are:
- Increasing the capacity of community services to help children, youth and adults with FASD succeed in areas such as education, housing, justice and health through our Best Practices in FASD Interventions training. In 2016-17, we trained 863 professionals across 6 sectors to help them better serve individuals who may have FASD that they encounter in their front line work. This training was also offered at MRU’s Nursing program, U of C’s Nursing and Homelessness Certificate programs, and Bow Valley College’s Addictions Studies and Aboriginal Mental Health programs.
- Supporting frontline services through grant stewardship delivering 15 programs that work with over 1100 individuals and families with FASD each year and help reduce the incidence of FASD. Clients of CFAN-funded agencies are engaged in high-quality programs that help stabilize families and support each person – from child to adult – to reach for their potential in education, physical and mental health, employment, safety, and being full members of their communities.
- Engaging the Calgary and area community in collective impact initiatives to identify priority issues and opportunities for advocacy, research, prevention, and improving access to services. We have completed a study into best practices for supporting individuals with FASD across the lifespan and are just beginning research into the factors that influence woment to continue to consume alcohol despite knowing they are pregnant. This research will help us understand better how to support alcohol-free pregnancies and prevent FASD.
- Raising awareness about FASD misperceptions, reducing stigma, and promoting FASD prevention. In 2016-17, we trained 920 professionals in our Prevention Conversation workshops across 7 sectors. Participants learn how to engage women in non-judgmental and supportive conversations on alcohol and pregnancy. The training has also been included as part of MRU’s School of Nursing curriculum and inclusion in the Midwifery program is under discussion.