Provincial FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project
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). We are very pleased to share that the Provincial FASD Family and Caregiver Support Group Project will continue. Click here to see the list of funded groups during the 2020-21 cycle.
Find your nearest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder services such as FASD support groups, FASD Workers, Indigenous-specific services, diagnostic services and FASD Action Networks. Support groups that have received subsidies are listed here.
Read about FASD news, research and upcoming events.
What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges. Challenges can occur in the following areas of development:
Physical – birth defects and motor skills
Mental – cognitive, memory, decision making
Behavioural – angry outbursts, trouble getting along in the world
Learning – poor school performance, trouble with abstract thinking