As an FASD Service Network we strive to provide Albertans with FASD and their caregivers coordinated access to supports and services that meet their needs across the lifespan.
To better support individuals with FASD living in Edmonton and the surrounding area the Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society in collaboration with the Bissell Centre and Catholic Social Services has created Short-Term Navigation staffing positions.
If you are looking for immediate supports for youth ages 14 – 21 with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder please contact Sherry at the McDaniel Youth Program at Catholic Social Services at 780-717-4092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for immediate supports for adults with or suspected to have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder please contact the FASD System Navigator with the Bissell Centre at FASDSystemNavigator@
Agency and Program Information
For Children and Youth
CASA: FasTracs – CASA’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Treatment, Resources, and Community Supports Program (FASTRACS) provides FASD education to parents and caregivers of children with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as well as co-occurring mental health concerns. The team is comprised of an Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and FASD educator/parent. Our Occupational Therapy Assistant will screen the FASTRACS referrals as they come to CASA. Childcare will not be provided.
The program builds on strengths of the parents/caregivers to meet the needs of their challenging child(ren) through practical skills development.
They do not provide diagnoses of FASD, however we will provide the family with information on resources for assessment.
FASTRACS is a short term resource that focuses on FASD parenting skills training, FASD education, caregiver peer support, and information on community resources to families.
The program includes:
Six weeks of FASD parenting skills training comprised of:
Daily routines, structure, and prevention
Praise and differential attention
Effective communication and sensitive discipline
Topics tailored to each specific group that may include: sleep, medications, technology, school relationships, system navigation and/or other topics requested by the group
Parenting/resource manual and certificate of completion
Parents/caregivers can directly refer by downloading and filling out the FASTRACS referral form on and faxing it to CASA Intake at 780-435-6261. If there are any referral questions they can call CASA at 780-400-2271 and ask for FASTRACS.
Catholic Social Services: McDaniel Youth Program – Provides support and mentorship to youth and young adults ages 14-21 with FASD through the development of goals and increased access to groups, recreational activities and other life skills programs.
Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton: Girls Empowered and Strong Program – Provides support and mentorship to girls 13 – 17 affected by FASD through support groups. Focus sessions include: life-skills training, sexual education and self-esteem building.
Bissell Centre: FASS – Through community development, advocacy and intensive supports, Bissell Centre’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services (FASS) program enhances the community’s capacity for prevention and awareness through education, and supports for the well-being of individuals, families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers.
Bissell Centre: Hope Terrace – Bissell Centre provides permanent supportive housing for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Bissell staff are on-site to provide around-the-clock support for tenants living in an apartment complex. This is the first such facility in Canada that offers 24 hour support services for people with FASD.
Catholic Social Services: Step By Step – Provides long term support through coaching and mentorship to parents who have been diagnosed with FASD and are parenting children, who may or may not have FASD.
Leduc County: Bridges Program – The Bridges FASD Mentor Program provides support to help adults who have been diagnosed with FASD or have strong indicators of FASD.
Unlimited Potential: Open Arms – Provides culturally sensitive interventions, supports and mentorship to adults with or suspected to have FASD.
For Caregivers and Families
CASA: Indigenous Services – CASA Indigenous Services includes the First Nations team that partners with several Edmonton-area First Nations to provide improved, community-based access to mental health services for First Nations children and families living in and around their communities. With our partners, we are working to remove community-identified barriers to mental health supports and services for children and families while providing such services in the communities.
Catholic Social Services: Coaching Families Program – Provides intensive support for 6-18 months to families with children affected by FASD. The program will help caregivers access diagnostic services and provide appropriate tools and strategies for parenting children who have FASD, advocate with educational, recreational, and social institutions in the community and make referrals to counselling services and parenting support groups.
Elves Special Needs Society: FASD Respite Program – Site based respite for families with children affected by FASD between the ages 3 and 8 during the school year.Within the FASD Respite Program, learners spend Saturdays participating in therapeutic recreational activities designed for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Additionally, parents/caregivers are given a day of respite which provides them time they need to take care of themselves, and their family unit as a whole.
Metis Nation of Alberta: FASD Bridging Connections Program – The MNA’s Bridging Connections Program is meeting Métis Albertans where they are at with a focus on connections to resources and community whether that is with the FASD Networks, support networks, culture, and family. Some key components to the MNA’s FASD Bridging Connections Program:
- Providing supports and advocacy before, during, and after assessment
- Linking Métis Albertans with cultural supports and resources
- Connecting individuals to FASD Networks, resources, and information
- Supporting the navigation of community resources and systems
- Informing and supporting the MNA citizenship process
- Offering cultural training to professionals who work with the Métis community