FASD Key Worker Program | Program Description
The Key Worker program provides support to families of children and youth under age 19 with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and similar neurodevelopmental conditions. A FASD Key Worker is designed to each region in British Columbia. Sources provides a FASD Key Worker for the South Surrey / White Rock area, as part of their Positive Behaviour Support Services. Sources’ Positive Behaviour Support Services is an accredited agency, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
Our FASD Key Worker can travel to the family home; liaise with schools, as well as other supports within the community. The South Surrey / White Rock uses the Positive Behaviour Support Model to work with families to address challenges, access resources, teach skills and ensure families have an ongoing network of support.
Key Workers assist families in understanding FASD by providing education and information specific to the needs of the child and family. They are familiar with community resources, assist families in accessing support, health and education services and are involved in the development of local support services. Key Workers are a resource to communities on FASD. They also provide emotional and practical support to families. Key Workers recognize that each family is unique and understand their role as one that builds on a family’s strengths. A Key Worker works with parents, caregivers, family members and service providers in identifying ways to adapt the child’s environment in response to the child’s needs. The Key Worker also strives to empower the family to become their own best advocates for their child. Key Workers supplement and enhance, but do not replace, existing community resources.
Our FASD Key Workers have extensive knowledge about FASD and possess the necessary skills required to assist families in meeting the needs of their children. To maintain our knowledge and expertise in the field of, our staff continually access training and educational opportunities. The FASD Key Worker understands the demands a child with FASD places on a family and ensures the service plans are collaborative, suitable and supportive to the families need and ability to implement.
Our services follow the FASD Key Worker program standards determined by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (2009). FASD Key Workers:
- Uses a family-centred approach
- Uses a cultural safety framework when working with Aboriginal families and communities
- Builds on child’s/youth’s and family’s strengths
- Is a community resource on FASD
- Develops and strengthens community networks