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In April, the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth of BC released their “Excluded” report. This documented the experiences of children and youth with FASD, and their families, in every aspect of their lives. It particularly highlighted the significant exclusion that is felt by children, youth and families, and the extreme inequity in the provision of supports and services for them. Foundational to this is a widespread lack of knowledge and understanding about FASD and the support that is needed for children and youth to thrive. Also foundational is the level of bias, stigma and racism that circulates around FASD. Just as importantly, the report highlighted the resilience and strength of the children and youth who participated in the project, their creativity and talent, and their aspirations to play an important role in their communities and schools. The Report included 11 Recommendations for improvements in services and supports in child welfare, education and health. You can find the report here.
At this session, the Representative, Jennifer Charlesworth, will provide a short summary presentation about the key findings in the report and what the RCYBC is doing to continue to mobilize toward increased awareness and committed support for children, youth and their families with FASD. The majority of the session will be a chance or informal discussion/conversation about how we can lift up the important concerns raised in the report. Jennifer will be joined by the two Deputy Representatives, Samantha Cocker and Pippa Rowcliffe.
Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.
FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family to family organization that has a broad volunteer base.
FSI SUPPORTS AND SERVICES ARE FREE TO ANY FAMILY
You are invited to join FSI CONTINUING CONVERSATIONS, a private Facebook Group intended to continue conversations of support or provide an alternative platform for support. www.facebook.com/groups/fsicontinuingconversations/
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