FASD SUPPORT

FASD Support

At Illuminate Colorado, we recognize the unique challenges that families face when impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Our FASD Support Program is a holistic initiative that consists of two essential components: an FASD Navigation Program and an FASD Training Program.

Have questions about FASD or the program? Reach out and we’ll support you on your journey.

Support Is Just A Click Away

Are you a parent, caregiver, or individual seeking support or a professional looking to enhance your expertise related to FASD? Complete the Request Form to be connected with resources, referrals, and support from our FASD Navigator.

Who Is This Program For?

Illuminate Colorado’s FASD Support program is tailored for individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals navigating the complexities of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

If you are an individual living with FASD, our program extends a welcoming hand to you. Whether you’ve received a diagnosis or are encountering challenges related to FASD, we offer our steadfast support. Our tailored resources and services aim to meet your specific needs, fostering empowerment and a sense of community.

If you are a family impacted by FASD, whether your child has already been diagnosed or you’re facing behavioral challenges that may be related to FASD, our program is here to offer a supportive community. We understand the unique journey you are on, and our resources, parent support groups, and navigation services are designed to meet your specific needs.

For professionals working with families affected by FASD, our program provides a comprehensive platform for education, training, and collaboration. We welcome professionals from diverse fields, including healthcare, education, child welfare, and more, offering resources to enhance your expertise and strengthen your ability to support families facing the challenges of FASD.

Why We Do This Work

Every Family Matters

FASD affects families from all walks of life. Our commitment is to ensure that every family, regardless of their circumstances, has access to the resources and understanding needed to thrive on their journey.

Compassion in Action

Our work stems from a deep well of compassion. We recognize the unique struggles that families face when impacted by FASD, and it’s our mission to provide them with the compassion, resources, and support they deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

FASD is a group of conditions that can occur in individuals who were exposed to alcohol before birth. It can result in a range of physical, cognitive, and behavioral challenges.

How is FASD Diagnosed?

Diagnosis often involves a multidisciplinary assessment, including physical exams, developmental testing, and behavioral evaluations. A healthcare professional experienced in FASD diagnosis can provide more details.

Is FASD Preventable?

FASD can be prevented by refraining from alcohol consumption during pregnancy. However, preventing FASD is a complex challenge. Various factors, such as being unaware of pregnancy, struggling with substance use, experiencing abuse or trauma, and lack of awareness about the impact of alcohol on pregnancy, contribute to alcohol consumption during pregnancy. To effectively prevent FASD, we must address these influencing factors and provide comprehensive support for individuals to overcome barriers to healthy pregnancies.

While the statement “FASD is 100% preventable” is commonly used, it oversimplifies the intricate nature of this issue. Such a statement may inadvertently create stigma for individuals facing substance use challenges. It’s crucial to approach discussions about FASD prevention with caution, using language that avoids promoting stigma or harm.

Can Alcohol Consumption by Fathers Before Conception Harm Child Development?

While the main focus around preventing FASD is on alcohol intake during pregnancy, recent studies suggest that a father’s alcohol consumption before conception may also play a role in child development. However, the extent and mechanisms of this influence are still being studied, and the current emphasis remains on promoting a healthy lifestyle for both prospective parents before conception. If you’re planning to conceive, consider consulting with healthcare professionals for guidance on lifestyle choices that could affect child development.¹

¹Proof Alliance; FASD United; FASCETS

What are the Common Symptoms of FASD?

Symptoms vary widely, but they may include developmental delays, learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and physical abnormalities. Each individual may experience a unique combination of these symptoms.

How Can I Access Support for My Family?

Our program offers a range of support services, including parent support groups, navigation services, and educational resources. Contact us to learn more and explore the support options available for your family.

Are There Treatments or Therapies for FASD?

While there is no cure for FASD, early intervention and a tailored approach to education and support can significantly improve outcomes. Individualized support plans can be developed based on the unique needs of each person.

What Educational Resources are Available for Families?

Our program provides a wealth of educational resources, including workshops, training sessions, and materials designed to increase understanding of FASD. Visit our website or contact us for more information.

How Can I Advocate for My Child in School?

Advocacy is crucial. Work closely with your child’s school, communicate openly with teachers, and explore available resources and accommodations. Our program can provide guidance on effective advocacy strategies.

Is There a Community of Families Dealing with FASD?

Yes, our program connects families facing similar challenges. Through support groups and community events, you can share experiences, gain insights, and build a network of understanding and encouragement.

How Can I Educate Others About FASD and Reduce Stigma?

Our program actively promotes awareness and stigma reduction. Participate in our educational initiatives, share your story if you’re comfortable, and engage with community events to contribute to a more informed and compassionate society.

What Support is Available for Professionals?

Our program extends support to professionals working with families affected by FASD. We offer training sessions, resources, and a collaborative community to enhance professional expertise in this field.

Questions?

Contact Shira Shump, FASD Program Manager
sshump@illuminatecolorado.org

Did You Know?

Illuminate Colorado is home to the Colorado Chapter of FASD United, the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders community.

In addition, Illuminate provides backbone support to SuPPoRT Colorado, a group that envisions a Colorado that equitably serves all families through prevention and reduction of substance use during pregnancy, and provides multigenerational support for families to thrive. Building Colorado’s statewide capacity to identify Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and support impacted families is a priority of this collaborative.

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