Telegraph Journal, an online media source from New Brunswick, recently published an article about the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation’s “Peer-to-Peer Adoption Support Network”.

The article speaks to some of the challenges involved in adopting a child, and more specifically, a child who has come out of the foster care system. As most of our readers already know, many individuals with FASD end up in foster and adoptive families.

Research has shown that raising a child with FASD can have a significant impact on the family. Also, as the article states, parents can be the biggest advocate for their children; especially a child with special needs. The difficulties of raising a child with FASD, compounded by the stresses involved with adoption and the need to create a stable supportive home environment, can create a huge need for support in adoptive families.

The “Peer-to-Peer Adoption Support Network” in New Brunswick is here to help! The support network is geared toward those who have adopted children out of foster care. A network of volunteers connects adoptive families with resources and other families who have been through the same process. The support network is in an 18 month pilot project phase in 3 counties in New Brunswick, with hopes of expansion.

The Telegraph Journal has recently changed its article access to subscription only, but you can read the full article on “fasdnews” through Yahoo! Groups.

Don’t live in New Brunswick? Check out “Canada Adopts” for other adoptive and foster parent support groups in Canada.

References:

Morrissette, P. J. (2001). Fetal alcohol syndrome: parental experiences and the role of family counsellors. The Qualitative Report, 6 (2). Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/ssss/QR/QR6-2/morrissette.html

Olson, H. C., Oti, R. Gelo J. & Beck, S. (2009). “Family matters:” fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the family. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 15(3), 235-49.

Original article source: http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1459551

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