People affected in any way by FASD will benefit from community support. People affected include but are not limited to individuals with FASD, families and other caregivers for people with FASD and women with addiction issues who are or may become pregnant.
Effective services are in existence and being developed throughout all of Ontario as knowledge of FASD grows. Most are listed in the database from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse that is detailed below. This is updated regularly and may be obtained in print from the centre. It currently lists 44 different programs.
Best Start is a key program of the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC) and is funded by the Government of Ontario. It is a member of the Ontario Health Promotion Resource System. Ms. Wendy Bourgoyne, Health Promotion Consultant, http://www.beststart.org/index_eng.html 1-800-397-9567, Press 3 (toll-free in ON)
Breaking the Cycle is a prevention and intervention project designed to reduce risk and enhance the development of substance-exposed children (pre-natal to 6 years) by addressing maternal addiction problems and mother-child relationships. Ms. Margaret Leslie, Director, Early Intervention Programs, Toronto, ON, www.breakingthecycle.ca (416)-364-7373 (Ext. 204)
http://www.ccsa.ca/CCSA/EN/Addiction_Databases/default.htm is the specific page within the main CCSA website with links to databases of use to those dealing with FASD.
Diagnosis in Ontario is limited but growing significantly at the present time. Consult the Directory of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Information and Support Services in Canada to inquire about diagnostic clinics/service in your area of Ontario. This is available on the website of The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse website: http://www.ccsa.ca/ccsa/ (Topics>Populations>Introduction to FASD) or at:
The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of twenty-seven member Friendship Centres located in towns and cities throughout the province. The OFIFC administers a number of programs , which are delivered by local Friendship Centres in areas such as health, justice, family support, and employment and training. Online: http://www.ofifc.org/ofifchome/page/index.htm
Two recent publications FASD Tool Kit for Aboriginal Families and Aboriginal Approaches to FAS/FAE are available at www.ofifc.org The tool kit is a valuable resource for any professional working with FASD-affected individuals. It includes an extensive Resource and Reference section of interest to users of this CD. The Aboriginal Approach document provides personal accounts of individual and families living with FASD.