I am the adoptive parent of a now 19 years old boy who was diagnosed with FASD when he was 5 years old. We adopted him at 12 months old and were his 6th family. He had many delays and behavioural challenges in the early years and still to this day has attachment issues. I have spent many years dealing with the school board to ensure my son received the services he required. I have sat in on many IEP’s, took training courses and assisted many other families with their journey. Over the last 19 years I have dealt with all things FASD on a daily basis. This included Mental Health, behavioral, legal, school, social, advocacy and education to name a few. The best piece of advice I can give to anyone on the FASD journey is to reach out to a parent who has been there and done that. Having a person to connect with, that understands where you are coming from and does not judge is one of the best supports you can have.
From a parent of a youth with FASD