Awareness and Prevention
Prevention strategies in Alberta are focused on supporting females who have given birth to one or more children affected by FASD, and females who are known to be pregnant and are consuming alcohol or other harmful substances. Services may include mentoring, substance abuse treatment, birth control, and parenting programs.
Prevention strategies also include supporting females of child-bearing age who use substances and who are not pregnant. Activities could include outreach, screening, referral, and brief intervention activities.
Prevention support services aim to minimize damage to the fetus, reduce the chance of further affected pregnancies, and help the mother to effectively care for her children.
To learn more about prevention services, please contact the network coordinator in your FASD network region .
Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)
- The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) model has been chosen in Alberta to provide services for targeted and indicated prevention of FASD.
- The primary goal of PCAP is to prevent future births of alcohol and drug exposed children. We do this by addressing the needs of the mothers – and getting them stabilized in a variety of ways. We envision a province where women with substance abuse issues are well supported in their communities to have healthy pregnancies and healthy families.
- For more information, please email the PCAP Initiative.
FASD Learning Series
- The FASD Learning Series was introduced in 2007 to increase community and individual capacity to support individuals with FASD and their caregivers across the lifespan. The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics that target both urban and rural audiences. More than 80 sessions have been recorded and are available online for viewing.
- In 2014/15, the FASD Learning Series presented seven educational sessions, with an overall attendance of 1,481 participants. The majority of participants were Alberta service providers, who had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the value of this learning experience – more than 90% of survey respondents indicated that learning goals were met, the content was relevant, and they could apply what they learned to their work.
- For more information on the FASD Learning Series, please contact us.