> Competency 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD > 7e. Value of a Mentor and Support Group Network
Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD
Continuing Care Services for Clients with Children with an FASD or Possible FASD,
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 ) for information about the network.