FASt Friends: A FASD Family and Community Support Network

Important Note: Beginning November 18th, 2008 there is a new meeting location. We will be meeing from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Compass Mental Health. The address is  4526 Federal Avenue  Building 2, Everett, WA 98203Any questions please call Julie at 206-940-2832

fastlogo.jpgThe mission of NOFAS Washington is to provide prevention, intervention, education, and advocacy on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders through the positive cooperation and collaboration of families, caregivers, community provides, professionals, and individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. One of the programs formed to support that mission is FASt Friends: A FASD Family and Community Support Network.

Founded by Julie Gelo at the request of parents and caregivers who attended the Washington State FAS DPN Family Summer Camp held at Camp Volasuca in Sultan, Washington in August of 2003. The group has been meeting monthly since the camp. Currently the meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month  from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Beginning in November of 2008 our meeting location is Compass Mental Health located at 4526 Federal Avenue Bldg 2  Everett, WA 98203

Part of each meeting FASt Friends provides mini trainings to families as well as community providers on a variety of topics. The remaining component of time is spent sharing joys as well as tears, asking questions, and offering and receiving support from the attending members. Quarterly family activities are planned that involve the parents, the children with an FASD as well as siblings and twice a year they are striving for a parent retreat.

FAStFriends2004@yahoogroups.com
- List Serve Support group for caregivers and professionals

Contact Julie Gelo at FASDsupport@aol.com if you are interested in joining a private facebook group