FASD is a lifelong and often invisible disability caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. In partnership with the Northwest Central FASD Network, HELP provides supports, services and education in all areas of FASD. Services are provided in Hinton, Edson, Jasper and surrounding areas. HELP facilitates PCAP (Parent Child Assistance Program) and the FASD Mentorship Program.
The goals of PCAP are to support women to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy, to achieve and maintain recovery, and to support healthy pregnancies and lives for women and their children. We do this by addressing the needs of mothers and getting them stabilized in a whole host of ways:
PCAP Mentors provide extensive practical assistance and the long term emotional support so important to women who are making fundamental changes in their lives. The program provides on-going, non-judgemental support for up to three years.
Services are voluntary, free and confidential.
– Address complex problems associated with substance abuse
– Set goals and identify steps to achieve them
– Enhance parenting skills
– Access treatment and maintain stability
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by a woman consuming alcohol while pregnant – the fetus is exposed directly to alcohol through her bloodstream. Alcohol can interfere with the growth and development of all fetal body systems; however, the developing central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) is especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol. These effects, which can vary from mild to severe, may include physical, mental, behavioural, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications. There is no cure, but early and appropriate supports can make a positive impact and improve outcomes for individuals with FASD.
Contact Mandy at 780-865-1686 (office) or 780-223-7097 (cell) for more information, or to refer to our program.