CFAN Impact Strategy

CFAN's ultimate goal is that Albertans with FASD will be able to meet their immediate needs while achieving and maintaining physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Working as part of the FASD network system in Alberta serving the Government of Alberta's Cross-Ministry-Committee (CMC) FASD Initiative, we strive to achieve this goal through effectively stewarding funds to direct FASD programs and services (see right), providing FASD best practices and prevention training, facilitating community collaboration, and conducting FASD research. In 2016-17, 1111 individuals were served through CFAN-funded programs.

CFAN works to serve the community through two major pillars:

  • Service Delivery, leading to improved individual and family outcomes in the areas of assessment and diagnosis, prevention and supports to women at risk of using alcohol while pregnant, and supports to individuals and caregivers affected by FASD.
  •  Collective Impact, leading to improved social conditions for people with FASD (see here).

Service Delivery

In 2016, CFAN released Best and Emerging Practices for Individuals and Families Affected by FASD Throughout the Lifespan, which reports results from our research into this area in 2015. Based on the findings of this study, we sought to understand how programs offered by our service partners addressed the 12 identified areas of vulnerability for FASD populations and to what extent supports offered through these programs aligned with the findings for FASD-informed service delivery.

We developed new mid-term program report templates (submitted by our service partners each October) and new client surveys that align with the priorities identified in the research and these evaluation tools were used for the first time in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The client surveys for adults participating in CFAN-funded adult support programs are intended to reflect the degree to which the programs and services stewarded by CFAN meet the impact areas outlined in the Best and Emerging Practices report. Detailed findings from the surveys are provided here.

The 2016 mid-term agency narrative reports revealed that all CFAN-funded programs utilize key practices described in the Best and Emerging Practices report: 


2016-17 Service Delivery Partners

Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions
- Residential addictions treatment and transition for women with FASD or at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy.

Calgary Alternative Support Services
- CAPA Program for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
- CAPA Program for Adults with FASD

Calgary John Howard Society
- FASD Extended Support Program

Enviros Wilderness School Association
- Adult Evolution Program
- FASD Support Program

Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society
- FASD Adult Response Program
- FASD Family Response Program
- FASD Assessment and Diagnosis Program

McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association
- Parent and Child Assistance Program (PCAP) Urban
- PCAP Rural   - PCAP Expanded Enrolment
- Youth and Adult Action Club

Parent Support Association (no longer in operation)
- FASD Parent/Caregiver Peer Support Groups

Medigene Services
- FASD Assessment and Diagnosis

Siksika Health Services
- Siksika Health FASD Program