FASD Community of Practice Final Report - 2011

This project examined the impact of ‘Promising Practices’ (respite, collaboration, training, and worker contact) implemented by Alberta Children and Youth Services which were intended to address the needs of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in care. From 2009 to 2011 impacts on children, caseworkers, and foster parents were examined over 15 months in four project regions (n=98) and a comparison region (n=84). The Promising Practices included: a commitment to children/youth with FASD in care having permanent placements; transitional plans on record by 16th birthday; assessment for suspected cases of FASD; provision of 48 hours respite minimally per month per child/youth; collaborative support plans developed with caseworkers, foster care support workers and foster parents; minimal training of 12 hours required prior to placement and respite care; and case workers were required to meet at least once a month with caregivers. Additional supports included advanced training on FASD and the availability of expert consultation for case plan consultation and review for both caseworkers and foster parents/caregivers.

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Created: 2013-04-01
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