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Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD

Continuing Care Services for Clients with Children with an FASD or Possible FASD, Continued

Value of a Mentor and Support Group Network

Supportive networks have been shown to contribute to alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles.13 For mothers of children with an FASD, a mentor or support group may be needed beyond traditional 12-Step groups such as AA. Sharing similar feelings and experiences with FASD can help decrease the stigma, blame, and shame that birth mothers may experience. Working through these feelings can help promote ongoing recovery.

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) sponsors Circle of Hope, a network of birth mothers raising children with an FASD. The network provides mentoring, family support, resources, a Web site with a discussion board, and updates through a quarterly newsletter. Clients can be referred to NOFAS (800-66NOFAS or www.nofas.org Exit Disclaimer Graphic) for information about the network.

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