Celebrating Success and Raising Awareness of FASD in Manitoba

2022 FASD Awareness Month is Fast Approaching!

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Take a Moment to Read Something Today

📣 Lisa Balcaen, Early Childhood Coordinator at Seine River School Division and MFCI Member in the Southeast FASD Coalition, along with researchers at the University of Manitoba recently co-published a new study on family wellbeing in relation to FASD. 

“But as this and other studies conclude, no single input – whether from parents, relatives, community resources or professional services – is sufficient to meet the complex needs of families with FASD over the child’s whole lifespan. A tailored, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to supports and interventions is the only option.”

Read the full article at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/03085759211050044 


Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading non-genetic cause of developmental disability in Canada. It poses many challenges at the individual, family and societal levels. This study explores adoptive parents’ experiences of having a child with FASD in their family and how these experiences impact family well-being and, specifically, parenting, family dynamics, sources of support and coping strategies. Using an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach, indepth semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight adoptive parents of children with FASD. Four main themes emerged, each with several subthemes: (1) managing individuals with FASD; (2) navigating family cohesion; (3) psychological warfare; and (4) experiences of supports. Findings showed how FASD affects all aspects of family life and has a constant and cumulative effect on the family’s well-being. Hope, community and parents feeling successful in their efforts were found to have strong connections to well-being.

How you deal with stress?

November 1st to the 5th is recognized internationally as Stress Week. This week is dedicated to raising awareness around stress prevention.

Stress is a normal response our bodies experience in certain situations and environments. Small doses of stress help us function by helping us meet deadlines, get places on time, and prepare for important events. However, consistently high levels of stress can be detrimental to our health.

Prenatal alcohol exposure causes changes to the stress pathways in the brain, which can impact how people with PAE and FASD respond to stress. Stress management is an important skill for children with FASD because a child’s ability to cope with stress can impact their physical and emotional health throughout their life.

Caregivers of people with FASD experience significantly high rates of stress, even more so than caregivers of people with other disabilities. Caregiver burnout can happen when caregivers experience increased and sustained levels of stress.

To learn more about this check out CanFASD blog International Stress Week 2021

REGISTER NOW for the 2021 Annual Looking After Each Other Virtual Gathering

The 2021 Annual Looking After Each Other Virtual Gathering will take place on November 17th from 1 – 3 p.m. This is one presentation that you do not want to miss! We will be listening to stories from three Grandmothers/Wisdom Keepers (Elders) about how they are supporting folks impacted by the Indian Residential School discoveries and learn how we can support anyone that we encounter who has been impacted or has felt strong emotions related to the discoveries.

The event poster is attached HERE and you can register using this link, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-CgqjgjGNW4yPEWjAHa70mvkl2RImP-.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on November 17th at 1 p.m.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you think might benefit from attending.

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The Manitoba FASD Coalition celebrated #FASDmonth throughout the entire month of September

The Manitoba FASD Coalition celebrated #FASDmonth throughout the entire month of September with wonderful presentations and activities across diverse communities in Manitoba.

To read more about all the amazing awareness events, click on the links below!

Interlake FASD Coalition Awareness Day

Brandon FASD Coalition Awareness Day

Northern Coalition FASD’s children books project

South Parkland FASD Coalition’s A Mother Story with Elder Bev Harvey