The goal of our support group is to provide assistance and support to parents, caregivers and individuals with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). Our group consists of adoptive parents, foster parents., grandparents and birth parents. Support is critical to the success for everyone!
Over 60% of pregnancies are unplanned so awareness is important as well as understanding that most people today are either not aware when they are pregnant until the first month or are not aware of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol is a teratogen causing permanent brain damage to the fetus and is more dangerous than cocaine, and other narcotic drugs.
The Public Health Agency of Canada indicates that nationally FASD is estimated to effect 1 in 100 births in Canada, although they indicate that the prevalence rate is likely much higher (2-5%) due to a lack of diagnosis or misdiagnosis or 272,000 – 680,000 individuals affected by FASD in Ontario (or 690,000 to 1.7 million people in Canada). According to Health Canada, FASD is the leading preventable developmental disability in Canada.
Education and awareness are critical. While FASD cannot be cured, the individuals with FASD can be successful with proper support and understanding.
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