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Today is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is observed every year by people around the world to raise awareness of the danger of drinking during pregnancy. September 9th signifies the 9th day of the 9th month of the year where the world will remember that during the 9 months of pregnancy, there is no safe amount or time to drink alcohol.

Covenant House Vancouver is no stranger to FAS/FASD as we have worked with many youth over the years that are affected by it. FASD is an umbrella term used to describe a number of birth defects caused by mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy, which can result in damage to a child’s central nervous system.

Some of the behavioural issues that affect those with FASD are immature or inappropriate behaviour, poor judgement, impulse control problems and memory deficits. As you can guess the transition from youth to independent adult can be especially difficult for those with FAS/FASD.

We are fortunate to have a strong team of mental health clinicians and youth workers that are able to recognized FASD and have the skills to work those young people affected by it.

To learn more about FASD/FAS click here and here.

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Lisa is working hard to make healthy changes

Currently we have a young, vulnerable female in house named Lisa. One night she did not come home for curfew and we were very worried about her. She showed up at the Shelter during the very early hours of the morning the next night with a police escort. Lisa had been drinking with her boyfriend and was very intoxicated and in rough shape. She was too intoxicated to bring back into the Shelter but we were able to get her into detox where she could safely sober up.

A day later she was sober and able to leave detox and return to the Crisis Shelter. Staff sat down and had a good long talk with her about her goals and how drinking wasn’t aligning with these goals. This was the very first time Lisa had identified that some people in her life may not be a good influence on her, and that she actually wanted to stay in the Shelter for activities and the support that Covenant House could offer her.

I really feel that Lisa has begun to turn the corner of self identifying what her needs are and asking for those needs to be met or at least heard for the first time since we have known her. My belief is that self-actualization can only be done when one feels safe and secure in their environment. I think that the relationships staff have built with Lisa has allowed her to do some reflection and start to make positive choices.

We at Covenant House would like to congratulate Lisa on her positive choices and for working hard to make healthy changes!

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Share a recipe, share your love!

You are invited to share a favourite recipe with Covenant House and our youth. Food and nutrition are vital to our young people as many of them have struggled with having enough to eat and often come to us malnourished. When they arrive at Covenant House they are provided with healthy and filling meals, lovingly prepared by our kitchen staff. As they grow and heal we introduce them to important life skills like cooking, budgeting and how to shop for groceries.

We need your help to make this project a success - please take a moment to share a cherished recipe and a message for our youth. We will compile the recipes and well wishes into a cookbook to share with our young peoples. When our young people move on to independent living they will receive a cookbook made of love to help them make their house a home.

So please share a recipe and some words of encouragement so when our youth head out on their own they will know there supported and loved by their Covenant House family.

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