Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 3, 2008
Sign of Hope aims at a $2.32M target
Extra funds needed to fund Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
By RAMON GONZALEZ
“That was the genesis of our FASD work.”
Over the years, CSS developed other programs dealing with FASD, including one for mothers whose children have FASD and another that supports foster parents who have adopted children with FASD.
In addition to providing one-to-one mentorship support to young people with FASD for a three-year period, the new McDaniel Youth Program will work in collaboration with the families of the youth to develop appropriate decision-making skills, basic life skills and to reduce their risky behaviours.
The goal of the program is to help youth with FASD to make a more successful transition into adulthood, said Dorothy Henneveld, the FASD programs manager for CSS.
“We want to help them live normal and productive lives and become contributing members of society.”
CSS has already hired three mentors for the program and is looking for a fourth. Each mentor will have a caseload of seven to nine youth with FASD. Currently 21 youth are receiving services. The program is designed to handle about 35 youth a year.
The McDaniel Family Foundation, the provincial government’s cross-ministry committee on FASD, the Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network and the Sign of Hope Campaign currently fund the program.
Through community partnerships with the University of Alberta and the Glenrose Hospital, a treatment model for youth with FASD is been produced which can be used across Canada.
In addition to providing funding for the McDaniel Youth Program, the Sign of Hope campaign supports programs such as Kairos House for persons living with HIV/AIDS, Safe House for street youth, counselling services for families and support programs for abused seniors.
CSS programs — more than 100 in all — serve more than 60,000 people a year.
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