Supporting those with FASD through the Justice System, An Introduction

Time: Monday, November 8, 2021 10:30 AM – 12:00PM EST, followed by question period

Zoom Link: LINK

Meeting ID: 213 996 5498, Passcode: 796243

PRESENTERS ….

Constable Peter Wigand, Youth FASD Program Officer, Lethbridge Police Services

Studies published in the Journal of Law Enforcement and the International Journal of Psychiatry indicate individuals with FASD are likely to have contact with police, whether by being involved in a criminal act as a victim, witness or suspect. Constable Peter Wigand

Cst. Peter Wigand has been working with youth and families impacted by FASD for 20 years. Cst. Wigand began his career in Children’s Services in Lethbridge, AB working with high risk youth and later worked for 10 years as a Child Protection Worker.  In 2013 he made a career change to policing with Lethbridge Police Service, where he has continued to serve youth as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer and presently as the FASD Project Officer.  In this role, Cst. Wigand engages with youth who are suspected or have a confirmed diagnosis of FASD, and provides support to the youth and their caregivers through their journey with the criminal justice system.  Cst. Wigand routinely provides assistance and education to police members and justice personnel about FASD. 

Sabrina Hacker, FASD Adult Justice & Community Outreach Program Coordinator

Is Incarceration the Correct Response for FASD Affected Offenders? Sabrina Hacker

Sabrina Hacker started her career in justice as an animal control officer, specializing in aggressive dogs. After the birth of her twin boys she changed directions and took Justice Studies where she majored in corrections.  While in school, she also worked at a support agency with people impacted by FASD. In 2007, The FASD South West Network received funds to enhance their Justice Program by adding adult services for those facing challenges in the legal system. Sabrina was awarded the position of Program Coordinator where she has remained for 14 years.   

David Boulding, Lawyer & FASD Legal Expert

Alcohol in the womb is a solvent and acts on the baby’s developing brain like paint stripper acts on layers of old paint on furniture: it dissolves brain cells. David Boulding

Presentation info: DBoulding_Sexual Assault and FASD_Nov 8_2021

David Boulding has been practicing law in British Colombia since 1987. In 2000 David was invited to present at the Vancouver conference of fetal alcohol and the law. The resulting paper, Mistakes I have Made with FAS Clients led David to an awareness that in attempting to support FASD clients he cost them “time spent in jail.” David’s work is widely read and has been translated into French, German, Japanese, and Australian. David has spoken internationally to audiences of lawyers, social workers, and probation officers.

 


FASD: A whole-body diagnosis

Date/Time:  September 27, 2021 1:00-2:30 EDT

Sponsor: Surrey Place

Synopsis:  Understanding that FASD is a whole-body diagnosis can dramatically improve an individual’s quality of life and life expectancy. We dive into the importance of physical body health led by world renowned motivational speaker and peer mentor Myles Himmelreich.  All are welcome!

To register at:  www.surreyplace.ca/fasd-webinar-2021

 


September 9th – International FASD Awareness Day

Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world.  Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99.  This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. 

Please watch and share FASD Hamilton’s FASD Awareness 2021 video https://youtu.be/UeV0KihbhpM .  It includes individuals with FASD, caregivers that support individuals with FASD, members of the FASD Network and FASD Resource Team.


Support for Learners Financial Support Program  

To support children, youth and students in their continued learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020-21 school year.   The Support for Learners program will provide eligible applicants with a one-time payment of:
$200 for each child/youth up to grade 12
– $250 for each child/youth up to age 21 with special needs
Deadline to apply is February 8, 2021
Link to apply and for further info:  Link  


ALL4ONE new FASD Youth Justice Program
for Hamilton and surrounding areas funded by the Department of Justice Canada.  ALL 4 ONE is a program that provides intervention and support to justice involved youth (aged 12-17), and their caregivers, living with FASD, or querying a diagnosis. This program is client-centered and directed, with a focus on the strengths and abilities of the individual.

 ALL 4 ONE understands that for FASD impacted youth who are justice involved, individualized case management and family support are essential components to prevent further recidivism.  In turn, ALL 4 ONE is committed to building a community of practice amongst justice professionals regarding issues and concerns of FASD impacted youth engaged in the justice system to obtain best outcomes.

Mindful of the unique, lifelong challenges presented to these individuals, ALL 4 ONE is comprised of a Family Support Worker and a Youth Worker, who will provide wide-ranging assistance to both youth and caregivers, as they navigate the judicial system, access community resources, and expand their networks of support in developing the young person’s circle of care.

Please find attached our brochure  English Brochure  French Brochure  and  English Flyer  French Flyer  which will provide further details of the ALL 4 ONE program, and the various supports we can offer to youth and their caregivers.  If you have any questions, or would like further clarification, please contact Program Coordinator/Family Support Worker, Cassy Bowden, at 289-556-6171 or by email at cbowden@jhshamilton.on.ca or Youth Worker, Jeff Parker, at 289-442-5886 or by email at jparker@jhshamilton.on.ca.