FASD SUPPORT SERVICES

 

Through our Support Program, we provide services to give individuals and families direct support in their daily lives. Using their in-depth understanding of FASD, our Support Workers provide individualized support and one-on-one assistance to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Our Support Workers work with the individual or family to create short-term goals and determine a plan to reach these goals. 

Services offered:
  • Case management

  • Education on FASD

  • Strategies for living with FASD

  • Referrals to community programs/services

  • Advocacy for support and services

  • Development of life skills

  • Access to peer support

  • Assistance with diagnosis and assessment

  • Assistance navigating systems such as school, health, income support, social services, justice, etc.

  • Assistance accessing the Cognitive Disability Strategy

Guiding Principles

All of the Network's supports and services start with a five guiding principles:
 

1) Low-Barrier

The Network ensures services are accessible with low-barriers to access.

  • clients do not need a diagnosis to access supports

  • there is no wait-list to access supports

  • clients can be inactive and return to the agency without re-applying for supports
     

2) Client-Led

All clients are directly involved in directing the service they receive.

  • clients are in the leadership role to make decisions about their supports

  • clients can opt-out of support at any time

  • discussions about clients include the clients
     

3) Trauma-Informed

The Network recognizes the impact of trauma and actively works to avoid re-traumatization. 

  • staff are trained in understanding the affects of trauma

  • staff work to ensure clients feel safe and supported

  • clients are empowered through a strength-based approach to services
     

4) Harm Reduction
The Network meets clients wherever they are in their journey for support. 

  • the program focuses on building respectful relationships with clients

  • staff work directly with clients and their circles of support

  • clients are guaranteed access to non-judgmental services
     

5) FASD-Informed
The Network specializes in offering services that are specific to FASD.

  • each staff has in-depth knowledge of FASD

  • the services offered are individualized to suit each client's unique needs

  • education on FASD is made available to clients, family members, and other community supports

Saskatoon & Regina Services

The Network now has offices in Saskatoon and Regina with our Support Program operating in both communities. We offer full-time Support Workers at each location who are available to open client files for anyone in need of FASD support and services. The program aims to work with families and circles of support to gain positive outcomes for those impacted by FASD so they recognize themselves as safe, supported and contributing members of the community. 

Provincial Services

To meet the needs of individuals and families across the province we offer provincial services to provide support to anyone who needs it in Saskatchewan.

The provincial services provides the same support that are offered in Saskatoon and Regina. When possible our Provincial Support Worker will travel directly to our clients' communities to provide support. We also utilize technology such as teleconferences and video calls to stay connected with clients.

 

This program aims to support people in the same manner as our Support Program, by utilizing different methods. The FASD Network wants all individuals, families, and caregivers affected by FASD to feel they are supported and connected to services.

Intensive Support Services

As part of our continued partnership with the Ministry of Social Services, the Network offers intensive support services to families impacted by FASD who are in need of assistance navigating the child welfare/protection systems. The main objective of this service is to empower families by giving them the knowledge to manage the behaviours and struggles relating to FASD and to be able to implement strategies with a greater understanding of the approaches and accommodations necessary to increase the capacity of the individual affected by FASD.

 

To access these services, speak to your Child & Family Program worker for a referral to the Network. 

Integrated Justice Program
 

Justice Support Services

Part of the program includes Justice Support Workers who can help individuals navigate the Saskatchewan justice system by providing advocacy, courtroom support, assistance understanding and complying with conditions, probation and parole planning, release planning, sentencing support, peer mentoring, and access to community support as well the specialized FASD supports offered by our Support Program.

The overall goal of the program is to achieve better justice outcomes so individuals can be safe, supported and contributing members of their community.

Gladue Reports & Release Planning

There are special cultural considerations that the court must take into account for Indigenous peoples. This information is presented in a pre-sentencing or bail hearing report known as a ‘Gladue Report.’ Every self-identifying Indigenous individual has a legal right to have this information presented in court. The purpose is for an individual’s unique personal background to be considered along with possible alternatives to jail to allow for healing.

Through the Integrated Justice Program, the FASD Network currently has one of the only Gladue teams in Canada. Our staff use trauma-informed practices to prepare these reports at no-cost to our clients.

An important part of the program’s support services is preparing comprehensive release plans to help clients rejoin their communities. These plans focus on making sure a client has access to community supports that meet their needs including safe and appropriate housing, access to health services, income support and fulfilling activities.

To access justice services download and send in a referral form to IJPcoordinator@fasdnetwork.ca

Referral form for institutions

Referral form for justice support services


 

Accessing Services
 

The Network's support services are voluntary. Individuals and families must choose whether they would like support. There is no cost for support services and an FASD diagnosis is not required.

We will work with individuals of any age who are impacted by FASD. When the person living with FASD is a minor we provide services to their caregivers or family. 

Individuals or families looking for services can contact us directly or be referred by another organization or support person.

To Access Services:​

01.

 

Get consent from the
individual with FASD

03.

 

Send the form to manager.sp@fasdnetwork.ca

02.

 

Download and fill in a referral form

Support services can also be accessed by calling
1-866-673-3276

Support Meetings
 

The Network offers a variety of monthly support meetings for both caregivers and individuals with FASD. Support meetings provide a safe, caring, and inclusive space for people to connect with and learn from each other. 

 

If you are interested in organizing a group in your community, the Network can help. We provide workshops on learning how to facilitate a support group, your role as a facilitator, navigating difficult topics, and much more. We can also provide assistance with building and promoting the group. 

 

Caregiver Meetings

The Network hosts a Caregiver Meeting in Saskatoon for caregivers supporting individuals living with FASD. These meetings are an informative and engaging space for parents to connect with each other for ongoing support. Caregiver  Meetings provide a safe environment for open and supportive discussion.

 

Caregiver Support meetings are scheduled every third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Network's office (510 Cynthia St, Saskatoon).

We invite caregivers supporting individuals living with FASD in Saskatoon and area to join us.

 

Upcoming Meetings:

For the foreseeable future, the Network will be holding support meetings virtually (through Zoom), to join a meeting click here. 


   October 20, 2021
   November 17, 2021

   December 15, 2021

   January 19, 2022
   February 16, 2022
   March 16, 2022

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84650049625

Meeting ID: 846 5004 9625

 

Peer Support Meetings

The Network also hosts a monthly meeting for individuals living with FASD. Peer Support is often an effective strategy to help individuals cope with a disability and the effects it may have on their everyday activities. Participating in peer support with someone else living with FASD can teach you different strategies and coping techniques you may not think of on your own.

Peer Support meetings are scheduled every second Wednesday of the month from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

 

Join us for a peer support meeting and discover how it could help you.

 

Upcoming Meetings:

For the foreseeable future, the Network will be holding support meetings virtually (through Zoom), to join a meeting click here.

   October 13, 2021
   November 10, 2021
   December 8, 2021

   January 12, 2022   
   February 9, 2022   
   March 9, 2022

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83246185757

Meeting ID: 832 4618 5757

 

FASDiversity Meetings

The Network has started an additional peer support meeting for youth with FASD (ages 15-25). This group is for queer or questioning youth and allies with FASD to meet new friends and have fun while discussing topics such as safer sex, gender identities, healthy relationships, sexuality and more!

FASDiveristy meetings are scheduled every fourth Tuesday of the month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm through Zoom, to join a meeting click here.

​Come join us as we celebrate inclusivity and diversity in a safe and accepting environment! We would like to thank the CMA Foundation for funding the FASDiversity project.

Upcoming Meetings:

 
   October 26, 2021

   November 23, 2021
   December - no meeting in December
   January 25, 2022
   February 22, 2022
   March 22, 2022

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87157346501

Meeting ID: 871 5734 6501

Youth Connections

An online meeting for youth, ages 13-18,  to connect with other kids who are also impacted by FASD. The meeting will be facilitated by a youth with FASD and will create a safe space for attendees to share their unique experiences, make friends, and learn more about FASD.

These meeting will be held online using Zoom on the second Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Upcoming Meetings:

   October 14, 2021

   November 18th, 2021 *date moved due to stat on second Thursday
   December 9, 2021
   January 13, 2022
   February 10, 2022
   March 10, 2022

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97671450092?pwd=OUdUTmNialNacC9DU0V4dnZpL1JKUT09

Meeting ID: 976 7145 0092

Online Support Group

The Network recognizes that sometimes caregivers can feel isolated. The FASD Caregiver Support Facebook group allows caregivers to interact with other caregivers across the province.  It is a closed group ensuring that all information posted is only shared with the approved members.

 

Visit the page to request to join.

 

Other Services
 

Toll-free Phone Line

The toll-free line was implemented approximately twelve years ago to meet the needs of parents and professionals by aiding them to access appropriate information and services in their area. The Network’s support workers are able to provide guidance and advice over the toll-free line to families and individuals who need assistance

 

Families and individuals that are experiencing a tough time and need the advice of qualified professionals can phone in to ask possible questions they may have about the disability, discuss potential strategies, receive answers concerning assessment and diagnosis, or get help finding resource options in their local community. The toll-free line is also available to anyone who is simply looking for someone who understands and can listen to their story or struggle.

 

The FASD Network Toll-free line is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 and 3:30. Please call 1-866-673-3276 to speak to a Support Worker

 

Contact the FASD Network
for support
Email
Phone

Tel: 1-866-673-3276

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