The New Brunswick Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Centre of Excellence provides bilingual services in prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and support to people with FASD, their families, and professionals. The Centre operates 24 diagnosis clinics per year and offers clinical follow-up to more than 450 families in the province. The Centre pays special attention to the needs of the mother and her traumas as well as the previous traumas of individuals with FASD and their families. The Centre collaborates with many community and government partners and coordinates collaboration between social services, the education system, the justice system, and the First Nations.
To ensure service is available to all communities, the Centre has five points of service: Bathurst, Campbellton, Fredericton, Dieppe and Saint-Jean and includes a multidisciplinary team. The Centre has developed a unique model called “Dream Catcher” to deliver services that address primary health care and the health needs of the First Nations. This model is culturally appropriate and safe and promotes the well-being of individuals with FASD, their families and their communities while respecting their culture and values. The Centre had to decolonize its common practices by merging Western science with the science of the First Nations. This is part of the process of reconciliation and the restoration of peace with the First Nations. This model meets the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action.

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