APP FASD is a parent-led non-profit organization that facilitates network evenings, retreats, and education and experience-sharing events for adoptive parents of children, youth or adults suspected of having, or who have been diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Our growing community of parents offers to reach out and help others through the sharing of their experiences and the resources they have found useful and to provide adoptive parents of children, youth or adults affected by FASD an opportunity to build support networks.
The APP FASD network evenings are designed to provide an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents and find mutual support. Each network evening is focused on a specific theme and the evening allows for discussion around this topic as well as free time to simply chat and network. A light meal is also provided.
The APP FASD retreats are designed to provide parents with opportunities to share stories of their challenges and triumphs, to listen and to learn from one another and from FASD professionals, to strengthen parent-child relationships, and to have some respite time away from their special needs children. Most important, though, is the chance for parents to develop friendships and support. Our retreats are planned specifically for parents in this unique and stressful situation.
Retreats are held depending on funding and volunteer staffing. All of the retreat staff are volunteers, most of whom are parents raising children with FASD. Five retreats have been held from 2009 to 2015 and all have been very successful.
Our retreat day includes:
• Information sharing and discussion groups.
• Much needed self care and quiet reflection time.
• Parent and youth speakers.
• Guest speakers on the basics of FASD, strategies for parenting and for self care.
• Activities such as art, yoga, massage and humour.
APP FASD Board Members:
Sara Coyne – President
Keren Carter – Secretary
Eleanor McKechnie – Vice President
Dan Carter – Treasurer
APP FASD Advisory Council:
Brenda Knight, Erin Reimer-Mayzes