When your child is diagnosed with an FASD, the most important thing to you is information; right here, right now. We know it’s difficult to navigate systems, to know where to go for help and to find supports for your family. To help you along the way we have developed several ways to find what’s right for you and your family.
The VFC is a safe and supportive online gathering place for families to make meaningful connections, find helpful information and advice, and talk about the joys and struggles of life with FASD with others who understand. And it’s the only site 100% for supporting the FASD community in Minnesota. It’s private. It’s easy to use. And it’s always been “for parents, by parents”.
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 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.
The Resource Guide is a tool where you can search detailed information about services you may qualify for and topics related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). One-page descriptions of programs and services are sorted into four main categories: Education, Social Services, Health Care and Family/Community.
The Resource Directory is a searchable database of FASD-friendly professionals and programs such as diagnostic clinics, therapists and support groups. You can find resources based on type and location. This tool uses Google Maps to help narrow your search and make it easier to find service providers close to home.
“How is your child doing and how are you doing with your child?” asks Harry Ireton, Developmental Psychologist and MOFAS volunteer. He created this online activity for parents to complete at home or in the professional’s office. He believes that parents know best what their child is doing and, perhaps, what their child might be needing. Your observations and report provide information about your child’s health, development and behavior. Also, about you as a parent and about your family relationships.