The Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society (EFAN) is a collaborative venture made up of individuals from community agencies, governmental departments and concerned citizens, which recognize the significant opportunity to achieve valuable social impacts through a grassroots partnership.
EFAN works to enhance the capacity of our community to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and support those impacted by an FASD through education, service delivery and advocacy.
The origins of EFAN go back to 1998 when the efforts of a number of people came together. At that time no specific services existed for people impacted by an FASD, many agencies were frustrated with their ability to meet the needs of their clients. It become obvious to staff that in order to be of service to their clients they needed to support one another.
In any community, initiative champions play a central role in taking an idea and making it into something. In Edmonton, there were and continue to be several champions. From its inception as the Region 6 Steering Committee to present day, EFAN has been committed to the prevention and awareness of FASD and supporting individuals and families.
Communities are supported with a comprehensive and coordinated response to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
To provide community-driven services across the lifespan for FASD prevention, assessment and intervention, and supports for individuals and caregivers.