The FASD and Child Welfare Inter-Provincial Community of Practice is intended to create a national network to inform policy makers, program developers, and practitioners about the needs of children with FASD in the care of child welfare jurisdictions and agencies, as well as early intervention practices.
This FASD Initiative hopes to provide:
- FASD prevalence data
- Needs assessments
- Empirical knowledge relating to maternal/child health, health, education, and social policy makers as well as service providers all across Canada.
Providing such information has great potential in assisting federal, provincial, and local policy- and decision-makers in how to allocate limited resources more effectively. The project also provides a rich contribution of knowledge to inform some of the research and development efforts of the inter-sectoral organizations working in this area.
The goals of the FASD Child Welfare Interprovincial Community of Practice are to:
- Describe, compare, and contrast current policy, practices, standards, and services with regard to children in care with FASD
- Develop a common approach to evaluating prevention and early intervention program initiatives
- Develop methodologies and tools to conduct a prevalence and cost study on children in care with FASD
Our project is intended to help inform policy makers, service providers, and researchers about the unique needs facing children with FASD. We also want to provide information on:
- New FASD-related research initiatives
- Best practices
- Practice innovations
that can inform work within child-welfare systems across provinces. We will provide our membership with an opportunity to blog and chat about issues related to caregiving, best practices, and research. Finally, it is hoped that this work will improve the lives of children—our future generations.
Other Project Functions
- Evaluating the impact of the FASD Practice Standards
- Establishing collaborative relationships with Partners and Stakeholders
- Developing and supporting FASD best practices
- Building expertise within the community and developing common language, tools, and processes
- Encouraging innovation within the community
- Informing practice and policy
The goals of this initiative align well with the objectives of National Strategic Projects Fund. Among the major strengths of this project is its potential to promote collaboration, coordination, and knowledge uptake in policy development, data collection, evaluation, and practice for youth in care across three provincial jurisdictions. Ultimately, this project will contribute to the development of stable and nurturing home environments for children and youth with FASD; something so vital to ameliorating the well-documented long-term negative outcomes and their considerable personal, familial, community, and societal cost. It is our hope that these benefits will be seen at both provincial and national levels.