Did you know we have 11 parent mentors and 2 co-ordinators who support the Parent 2 Parent Ontario FASD project? Each has lived experience as a parent or caregiver to a person with FASD. These mentors cover the phone line Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm and understand the situations families like yours may face. That’s a huge part of the reason they wanted to be involved, so that parents and caregivers in our community have the support they need to thrive and don’t feel they are facing unique situations alone. Today, we’d like to introduce you to “A” who answers our phone line Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm.
“My name is “A” and I am a mother of two adopted teenage girls. My older daughter is diagnosed with FASD and ADHD. We have had our fair share of struggles, some pretty scary but she is doing great now, we are all doing ok. Thanks to the help of lots of support put into place. Life is a roller coaster to say the least. My husband passed away in Nov 2019 at 53 years old. It’s amazing what you can get through when not given a choice especially with the right support system. It really takes a village. I have a strong passion for helping people and a strong desire to help fix a very broken mental health system especially regarding navigation. One day at a time.”
Over the coming weeks we hope to introduce you to each of our mentors! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section. A huge thank you to A for sharing so generously about her life. We know that her experiences really make a difference in helping others in the #FASD community feel #supported and #connected.