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Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD

Continuing Care Issues for Families with an Individual with an FASD, Continued

Access to Services

Given the multiple systems needed by individuals with an FASD, family support is crucial in navigating the system. The addiction professional can review service needs with the client’s family and talk about how to access services. It is important to provide a document with names and contact information for service providers, as well as suggested frequency of services (e.g., weekly counseling, daily AA meetings).

It is also important to consider specific issues families may face in terms of transportation and schedules. In addition, setting up consistent appointments can help the person with an FASD keep track, as she may rely heavily on routines and may not cope with change well. The family needs to understand these issues in order to assist the client with an FASD.

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