Meet Parent Mentor A

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.

Parents Helping Parents Meets Jeff Noble

Whew! What a week for our community. This week members of our steering committee met with FASD educator Jeff Noble to talk about advocating for system change, building support teams and the Parents Helping Parents Ontario FASD Network. That’s us! 🙂 If you want to listen and learn more about the work we do, click on the link below.

Listen to us chat with Jeff Noble from FASD Success!

We are so glad you are here!

Welcome! It can feel like a big first step to reach out for support. This is something we at Parents Helping Parents really understand. While we aren’t a crisis line, we are parents and caregivers with lived experience who know how isolating and frustrating it can be. We also know the joys and moments where you want the world to know just how proud you are of the person you support with FASD. We understand it all and are here for you, whether that’s a supportive chat with sharing of our own experiences and suggestions, or cheering you on from afar. Our big goal is that no one caring for a child, youth or adult with FASD, feels alone.

Over the coming week we will share a bit more about our parent mentors. They are people just like you and me, who have walked a similar path. We’ll also share more about our program. In the meantime we wanted to take this opportunity to say a big welcome, and let you know how pleased we are that you found us.