Children in Peel with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to receive coordinated community support thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation grant


January 28, 2008         
For Immediate Release


Mississauga – The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is giving $225,000 over three years to enhance the coordinated provision of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) services in Peel that increase the early identification, intervention and treatment of children between 0 and 6 years of age affected by this disorder.

“I’m pleased that this grant will help parents and caregivers in Peel access and coordinate services for their children from several agencies in multiple locations,” said Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South. “By knocking down barriers to receiving service, this grant will help ensure that children with FASD can reach their full potential in life.”

FASD describes the range of health, developmental, intellectual and social concerns that may result from prenatal exposure to alcohol. There is no cure for FASD. However, with early diagnosis and effective intervention, parents and service providers are better equipped to manage the effects of FASD, leading to greater prospects for life success for children diagnosed with this disorder.

Children with FASD require support from multiple service providers to obtain an accurate diagnosis and appropriate intervention. In Peel, several health and social service agencies have come together to form a FASD collaboration: Associated Youth Services of Peel; Credit Valley Hospital; ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development; Peel Children’s Aid Society; Peel Children’s Centre; Peel Public Health; and Peel Infant Development (at Trillium Health Centre). Two paediatricians who serve different parts of Peel Region are also part of the Peel Region FASD Clinical Service.

“Our Peel FASD collaboration is thrilled to receive this generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which will enable us to coordinate the multiple services required to diagnose and support children with FASD and their families and service providers,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director of Peel Children’s Centre, the lead agency in the collaboration’s application to OTF.

The OTF grant will enable the FASD collaboration to hire a coordinator to ensure that FASD services from multiple service providers are delivered in a timely, seamless manner. The grant will also support the coordination of training for service providers, the establishment of data collection systems to enable the evaluation of treatment outcomes, and the development of public awareness strategies around the prevention of FASD.

Anne Fenwick, Director of Family Health, Peel Public Health, speaking on behalf of the FASD Steering Committee said, “This is really great news. The agencies in this collaboration have been serving children with FASD and their families for years. But now that we are using a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team approach, the service is much more comprehensive. Collectively we’ve been making this happen through in-kind service donations, but we’re stretched.

“The OTF grant will ensure that this process continues by providing stability and maturation of the service. Thank you, OTF, for becoming our newest partner. Families in Peel will be better served,” Fenwick said.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, it has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.

Information:
Mora Thompson, Manager, Corporate Communications and Development
905-795-3507 


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