Day 11 of 99 Days to FASDay: Protective Factors for Someone with FASD

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Day 11 of the countdown to FASDay and it’s time to switch gears. Today’s tip, and the next series of tips will focus on some positive things that will help people who are wondering just how do we help or support people with FASD.

In the journey for myself and the maiden we have had a few really great people support us – and a few not so great. In terms of the above graphic, the one that made a difference for the maiden is the loving, nurturing and stable environment that I provided – but that was not until she was adopted at 8 years of age.

She was brought into care of the Children’s Aid Society when she was four, and although the clinician suspected FASD, there was no formal diagnosis. She was luckier than some foster children, as she only had two main placements – but while she and her siblings were kept together in the first placement, they were split into separate foster homes for the second one.

There was little support during her entire school experience. She was given an FASD diagnosis when she was 11 years old, but from 8 – 11 we had three very difficult years. It was only after we reached a crisis, were we provided with services to help.

The one constant for her has been my support, advocacy and love. Yes, I was frustrated, tired and in hindsight would do some things differently, but I did the best I could with what I knew.

As more research happens, outcomes for families and children will improve. Over the course of this 99 Day journey I will share practical tips and success stories, in addition to the statistics. A diagnosis of FASD does not mean hope is lost.

In fact, there is success. Later in this journey success stories will be shared.

Check back tomorrow for Day 12!

 

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