Circle of Support
The Circle of Support program provides support, training and consultation for children and youth with complex developmental behavioural conditions (CDBC) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The goal of key workers is to support parents and caregivers and help broaden their awareness and build upon their strengths to care for children and youth living with FASD/CDBC and to help develop a support network for children and youth living with FASD/CDBC.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term used to provide a diagnosis to individuals with a wide range of abilities and challenges who have had prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Complex Developmental Behaviour Conditions describes an individual who has an array of complex needs with two or more areas being significantly affected. These areas are social emotional functioning, communication, physical functioning, independence and intellectual or academic functioning.
Key workers provide one to one support, groups, support circles, consultation and work to help build a support network and develop community capacity building.
- Direct service to families, including parent / caregiver support and advocacy
- Youth groups and parent support circles
- FREE full day or partial day training to parents, caregivers and / or service providers
- Custom fit training to meet the needs of the program or organization
Referrals are accepted from teachers, health professionals, social workers, probation officers, community professionals and self- referral.
Families and caregivers with children and youth with a diagnosis FASD or who meet the criteria for a diagnosis under CDBC are eligible for the program. This includes children and youth who demonstrate the symptoms associated with FASD but may not have a diagnosis.
The program is funded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development and there is no cost for families.