FASD Employment Opportunity – Catholic Social Services

Community Outreach Worker

Posting #16-279

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Catholic Social Services is looking for an individual to fill the position of Community Worker with the Coaching Families Program.  As a worker in this position, you will be working with caregivers of children who have been diagnosed or suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The Coaching Families Program provides support, education, and advocacy to the families they serve. The mandate and goal of the program is to equip the family in having long term sustainability.


Degree/Diploma in Human Services (or equivalent) combined with two years’ experience working in community based-services and working with families has prepared you for this challenging and rewarding role. Knowledge and experience with a variety of disability resources, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, family stresses, grief and loss, substance abuse treatment and community-based services are preferred. A vehicle and valid Driver’s License is required.

This posting closes on October 31, 2016

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University of Saskatchewan expert helps develop first-ever FASD medication guidelines

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

For decades, experts have searched for answers when it comes to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) but one has remained a mystery, until now.

On Monday, 10 leading experts in this area began work on medication guidelines so health care providers will no longer need to write prescriptions based on their best guess.

READ MORE: ‘Their life is tough’: mom of 2 kids with FASD shares their struggles

The first-ever algorithm developed by an international panel included Dr. Mansfield Mela, head of the psycho-legal and FASD research lab at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), who hopes to have it published within the year.

“We’ve been encouraged by the hope that there are people with FASD that say, ‘Yes, this works for me’ and we’re also encouraged that there’s literature to support that there are things that actually do work if you get it right,” Mela said.

“We’re hoping…

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Because You Want What’s Best for Your Baby – 51st FASD Video Series

Because you want what’s best for your baby, plan your pregnancy and choose not to drink alcohol.  If you are late, take a pregnancy test before drinking alcoholic beverages.

Coaching Families Caregiver Support Group – November 08, 2016

Attention Parents/Caregivers of children and adults with FASD

Would you like to meet other parents and caregiver like you?  Well, this is your chance! You do not have to be a client of this program in order to attend this support group. It also doesn’t matter if your child is over the age of 18!

Here is what you can expect, meeting parents/caregivers like you and collectively problems solve, share successes and generate ideas.

Do you have little ones at home and can’t find a babysitter? No problem! There will be a limited child programming for those who can not find a babysitter.  Please let Roxanna know how many children you intend to bring so they are able to provide the best possible experience for you and your children.

Kindly RSVP by November 04, 2016 to Roxanna Clermont by:

Phone: 780-721-2236 OR Email: Roxanna.Clermont@cssalberta.ca



FASD is a public safety and justice priority for Aboriginal groups — Girls, Women, Alcohol, and Pregnancy

Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers met in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 14-5 to discuss issues of justice and public safety in Canada including the impact of FASD. Co-chairs of the meeting were Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybold, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, and the Minister of Justice […]

via FASD is a public safety and justice priority for Aboriginal groups — Girls, Women, Alcohol, and Pregnancy

Edmonton teen’s previous suicide attempt not initially known by caseworker

Teenager had previously attempted suicide before dying in Edmonton group home in 2014

The caseworker working with Kyleigh Crier at the time the teen killed herself in an Edmonton group home wasn’t initially told the girl had made a previous attempt on her life, a fatality inquiry heard Tuesday.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-teen-s-previous-suicide-attempt-not-initially-known-by-caseworker-1.3811639

Kyleigh Crier in 2014. She died by suicide in an Edmonton group home in April 2014. She was 15.Kyleigh Crier in 2014. She died by suicide in an Edmonton group home in April 2014. She was 15. (Supplied)

Mary Robinson began working with Crier in May 2013. Less than a year later, Crier hanged herself in the bedroom of her group home. She was 15-years-old.

Robinson told the fatality inquiry that when she met Crier’s previous case worker in May 2013, she wasn’t told the teenager had already attempted suicide.

Crier’s file consisted of five volumes, each about two inches thick. While Robinson said she did refer to the files for specific checks, she did not do a complete file review.

During the time she spent working with Crier, Robinson eventually did learn of the teenager’s previous suicide attempt. But she said she never knew it was a hanging attempt until after her death.

Troubling case from the start

Crier’s case has raised troubling questions since her death in 2014. CBC News learned Crier’s group home did not have breakaway bars in the rooms’ closets. Breakaway bars are designed to collapse if too much weight is placed on them, preventing suicide attempts.

The bars have since been installed. The group home had also not received its full accreditation at the time of her death, although an application had been made, which is permissible in the province.

Crier was a troubled teenager. Robinson said she had been briefed about the girl’s troubles with substance abuse, as well as mental illnesses including depression and psychotic disorder, suspected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.

Robinson said her priority was to develop a rapport and trust with Crier and that she gathered additional background information from the previous caseworker, Amanda MacDonald, in the weeks following her take over of the case.

At the inquiry, MacDonald said she couldn’t remember if she forwarded the latest information she had about Crier to Robinson when her file was transferred. All of the information about the teenager would have been put in her file, she said.

Kyleigh Crier had made a previous attempt on her life before her suicide in April 2014Kyleigh Crier had made a previous attempt on her life before her suicide in April 2014. (Supplied)

MacDonald had been concerned the girl was at risk of taking her own life and “seemed quite low” at various times in 2013.

MacDonald told court she had taken steps twice to have Crier confined to a secure treatment facility as a precaution for her own safety. Crier was leaving her placement homes and refusing to take the medications that had been prescribed to stabilize her condition, she said.

Robinson told court secure treatment had not stopped Crier going awol after her placement in those programs ended and wanted to find a place she would like.

‘A sweet girl who wanted a better life’

Outside court, the teenager’s mother said she was upset hearing her daughter’s caseworker did not know critical details when she took over her file.

But her feelings are mixed.

“I thought I was going to be angry and I thought I was going to cry but I actually feel better because she said in court under oath she didn’t know my daughter tried to commit suicide.”

Crier’s aunt, said it was a major concern that Robinson did not seem to know about the teenager’s reluctance to take her medications at the time the file was transferred, especially since she was hallucinating.

As frustrating as she could be to deal with given the torment she was clearly going through and had suffered in her short life, MacDonald told the inquiry Crier was a “sweet girl who wanted a better life”.

The fatality inquiry is scheduled to continue to the end of this week.

Fatality Inquiries in Alberta cannot find any findings of legal responsibility but the judge can make recommendations aimed at preventing similar tragedies.

Disclaimer:  The views and opinions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network.

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