A Little Bit of Understanding Goes a Long Way – FASD Success Stories Series (8th Story)

We are very pleased tsuccess story 8o share our success story!

We have three FASD boys – the oldest is twenty years old with an extension in care until he is twenty-one years old.  Our oldest has graduated grade twelve and is now working at Walmart, with a boss that gets FASD.

He is also in a work program at school part time, even though he has graduated.We are now helping him transition to independent living. No supports for him after twenty-one years old – his IQ is too high…makes no sense with his daily struggles, but it is, what it is.

Our boy now thinks he would like to go to university. Never in our life, did we dream we would reach this level of success. Remembering the meltdowns and struggles over the years!  We finally realized they can do it!! When they are ready. Just have to do it differently. Once he accepted this, we were on our way.

Of course, there are still struggles, we concentrate on the positive. Have faith that they can, when they are ready. Not when we are. LOL. Still working hard…baby steps…moving slow…but still forward!

For this, we are so grateful and have faith our success will continue. Thanks.

Barb

Source:  http://fasdforever.com/feedback/success-stories/page/7/

2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre information

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2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre in Cold Lake Alberta.  This is a relatively new centre that accepts women as young as 15 years old and from anywhere in Canada.

Their target group is women who are pregnant or at risk of getting pregnant and have alcohol or substance use issues.  Women who are interested in attending the 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre for treatment do not need to have a FASD diagnosis.

Click here to download letter of information 

Child advocate urging Ontario to overhaul ‘confused’ CAS system

The provincial government must grab control of a child protection system that is “at best fragmented and at worst confused” when caring for Ontario’s most vulnerable children, the province’s child advocate says.

“This is about the well-being of children,” says Irwin Elman. “And if we’re not going to take that seriously and be concerned about how we are doing that job, I don’t know what as a province we are going to consider seriously.”

Elman, Ontario’s provincial advocate for children and youth, was responding to an unprecedented analysis of data on the performance of children’s aid societies published a week ago. Conducted by Torstar News Service, the analysis found stark differences in how Ontario’s privately run, non-profit agencies treat children taken from parents due to abuse or neglect.

Whether children are placed with relatives or in group homes, how often they change foster or group homes, how likely they are to rejoin their families, and even whether they receive regular medical and dental checkups are all influenced by where they happen to live and which of the province’s 46 children’s aid societies takes them into care.

Irwin Elman, Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. Jim Rankin/Toronto Star

“No child who is in the care of our government should receive different services based on where they live,” says Irwin Elman, Ontario’s Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

The “stunning” differences are the result of the government’s “hands-off approach” to child protection, Elman argues. Yet the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is responsible for regulating societies, and thousands of children in care become wards of the government.

“No child who is in the care of our government should receive different services based on where they live. That’s a huge problem,” Elman says, “and it needs to be dealt with immediately.”

Torstar’s analysis comes from budget reports sent to the ministry — detailing how each society spends its portion of $1.5 billion a year in government funding — and from ministry case audits of children in care for two or more years.

Elman accuses the ministry and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, the agencies’ lobby group, of “passing the buck.” They each blame the other, he says, for a system that has no idea why the differences among regions exist, or which practices lead to the best results for children, youth and families.

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