An Edmonton woman says her family has the help it needs after her niece was finally tested and diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder last month.
“I literally just started crying,” said Rita, who is not being identified to protect the privacy of her niece. She had been trying to get her niece tested for nearly a year.
“I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore.”
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Last April, Rita shared her story with CBC News. She said caring for her niece was a struggle but if testing confirmed FASD, the family would qualify for much-needed provincial supports.
The problem, however, was that provincial rules require a declaration of prenatal drinking. But the requirement was impossible to meet, Rita said, because her niece’s mother is a drug addict and difficult to track down. They had not been…
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