LFCC opened its doors over 40 years ago to serve children and families involved in the justice system. LFCC is now a multi-faceted agency with over 13 service areas. Annually, we provide between 1100 and 1300 services that includes: work with individuals and families, consultations, assessments, court testimony, and trainings and resources for prevention and intervention. We are a non-profit, registered charity funded partially by the Ontario government and overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors.
LFCC is proud to offer programs and services tailored to the unique needs of families living with the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). The purpose of this webpage is to provide local FASD information and resources to educate, inform, and support parents/caregivers, educators, and frontline workers.
What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a range of effects resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol. The effects of PAE can include physical, mental health, cognitive, and learning disabilities. Each individual with FASD is unique. Current research has a documented 4% prevalence rate in Canada, however, it is speculated that the prevalence may actually be higher due to challenges in accessing FASD-informed diagnostic services.
LFCC has been the proud recipient of four Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grants related to FASD and peer mentoring.
FASD Connect is a two-year initiative that will run until Summer 2021. FASD Connect is a peer mentoring program that connects parents/caregivers with similar lived experiences into mutually beneficial dyads that work to reduce feelings of social isolation. Parents/caregivers of children with FASD or a suspected complex neurodevelopmental disorder are encouraged to enrol in the program. LFCC is working closely with researchers from Western University for accountability and quality control purposes. For more information please call 519-878-FASD (3273).
Prior to FASD Connect, LFCC ran the WEALTH (Women Enabling and Learning Through Helping/Healing) program in 2017. WEALTH was a one-year peer mentoring pilot project. The goal was to support mothers of children in grades 5-8 living in poverty and reduce social isolation through connects with other mothers in the community.
LFCC received an OTF grant in 2016 in order to build capacity in the community related to FASD. The outcomes of this grant including a better understanding of available FASD-informed services, training provided to over 400 front-line service providers, and the development of a community of practice.
Finally, OTF provided funding to LFCC to coordinate the FASD virtual diagnostic clinic which was in operation from 2013 to 2016. The virtual clinic completed 36 multi-disciplinary assessments over 2.5 years without cost to families. This was accomplished through the provision of in-kind diagnostic services from LFCC, CPRI, Merrymount, and Vanier.
LFCC continues to work diligently in continuing to provide programs and services that align with our mission and bridge gaps in the community for those caring for and living with FASD.