There are five principles to think about that can really help communities build support for parents, caregivers, and children affected by FASD. These principles help to:

  • create a safe environment
  • ensure effective communication and consistent messages
  • promote change in attitudes and expectations

Principle #1: Promote hope

  • whenever a woman can quit or reduce her drinking in pregnancy, there is hope for her to have a healthier child
  • support and appropriate interventions make a big difference for all people affected by FASD
  • each and every thoughtful action makes a difference in preventing FASD

Principle #2: Show respect

  • for the abilities of individuals affected by FASD
  • for the knowledge of parents and caregivers who care for children and youth affected by FASD
  • for all communities in their efforts to address FASD
  • for the rights and capabilities of women and their partners to make choices about their health and the health of their children

Principle #3: Have understanding

  • by staying open to new information and being aware and reflective of your attitudes and values
  • by staying informed about the issues and research
  • by being sensitive to the impact of a diagnosis of FASD on an individual, a family, and a community.

Principle #4: Have compassion

  • by being sensitive to the needs of individuals and families impacted by FASD
  • by being open to hearing about both their strengths and their problems
  • by being sensitive to the situations of women with substance use problems, especially by being open to their individual processes of recovery

Principle #5: Develop cooperation

  • by recognizing the importance of building partnerships within your community to address all aspects of FASD
Educate your community. Talk together about the issues around FASD. Know your community’s strengths and needs. Develop a strategy to address FASD in your community. Work together to put the plan into action.
Want to find out more about how to build support in your community for parents, caregivers, and children affected by FASD? Check this out:

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