FAMILY RESOURCE COORDINATORS (FRCS)
Each FRC has their own FASD story and journey, and knows many of the challenges that you may be facing. Their goal is to reach out to families in their region of MN with encouragement and provide FASD support, to connect those impacted through social and educational activities, and help be the voice for the FASD community by coordinating advocates around public policy matters.
Find the FRC for your county, and get in touch. We would love to connect with you.
Jeff and Nancy are raising six kids ranging from 7 to 25 years old. Their 19 year old daughter and 17 year old son joined their family as infants through adoption and were diagnosed with an FASD in early elementary school. They enjoy being active in the community and with MOFAS, helping others through the challenges of parenting children with an FASD and other mental health disorders.
TBD- East Metro
Ramsey, Washington, and Partial Dakota Counties (excluding Burnsville and Lakeville)
Pam Chmielewski – Central Area
Benton, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and Todd counties
Pam and her husband Rob have been married for 25 years and live in Foley, MN with their daughter, 15 and son, 11. When they adopted their daughter, they were told she was at risk for having an FASD. At that time they knew nothing about it. “Giving up is not an option. Despite our struggles and daily frustrations, we know that as parents of this lovable, warm hearted girl, she deserves much more.”
Barb Clark – Hennepin & Partial Dakota Counties (Burnsville and Lakeville)
Barb and her husband Michael live in North Minneapolis raising four preteen and teenage children, the oldest and youngest of which are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Barb has been actively involved in educating medical, social service and education professionals about FASD for several years. She enjoys connecting and learning with other parents raising children affected by an FASD.
Penny McCollor -Northeast Area
Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis counties
Penny is an adoptive parent from Hibbing. One of her children has been diagnosed with an FASD and another child is suspected to have an FASD as there is confirmed evidence of prenatal alcohol exposure. She is also a foster parent and has spent the past 16 years caring for children with an FASD and finding resources and support. She and her husband have served as foster parents for 17 years in St. Louis County regularly accepting placements for children with special needs. Their home is always to licensing capacity and slots do not remain open for long. She is interested in being an FRC as it fits with her calling to help families and children with an FASD to find appropriate services for individuals on the spectrum and support for families.
Melissa Fredin – Southeast Area
Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston LeSueur, Mower, Olmstead, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties
Melissa and her husband David keep very busy in their small community north of Rochester with four active children, three of whom have been confirmed to have prenatal alcohol exposure. They are also foster parents and very active in the community, supportingother families on the FASD journey.
Sandy Hruby - Southwest Area and Southwest Metro
Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Scott, Sibley, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine counties
Sandy and Denny are loving parents to three adoptive children who have been diagnosed with several disorders, including FAS. They all live active lives with lots of extracurriculars! Sandy knows the systems well and her hope is to help others who struggle to get what their children need to be successful in life.
TBD - Western Area
Becker, Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Lac Qui Parle, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and counties
Mary Weaver - Northwest Area
Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau and Wadena counties
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Mary and her husband Mike are the parents of six children, ranging in age from 5 to 28. As an adoptee as well as an adoptive parent, Mary is familiar with the challenges and joys of the adoption triad. Mary is an advocate for her family and hopes her experiences will help support other families affected by an FASD and other childhood trauma.
As many as 8,500 babies are born each year in Minnesota with prenatal alcohol exposure."”