Cannabis Use and Pregnancy Policy Alert—The effects of cannabis use during pregnancy, in light of Canadian government plans to legalize cannabis by July 1, 2018.
SOGC Statement on Cannabis Use & Pregnancy—The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s position statement on marijuana use during pregnancy.
Bill C-325 Policy Alert—Bill C325 and Implications for Individuals with FASD
Women who use substances in pregnancy and/or have children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are highly stigmatized by the media, public, and health and social service providers. Social isolation, non-disclosure of alcohol and/or substance use, and not seeking or receiving the necessary support can be the result.
Children, youth, and young adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are a key population in the child welfare system. Responding to FASD requires skills and knowledge in the many areas that intersect with FASD. Social workers and other professionals who work in the child welfare system require increased education, training, and support to address the needs of individuals with FASD and their families.
The Efficacy of Warning Labels on Alcohol Containers for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention (2019)
This issue paper explores the effectiveness of alcohol warning labels as an FASD prevention strategy and offers ideas to increase the potential use and impact of warning labels.
Stigma can negatively impact individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and can decrease individuals’ capacity to access services and supports, while perpetuating feelings of shame and contributing to social isolation. Increased access to information about FASD must be shared with and amongst health and social service providers, teachers, and the media in order to reduce discrimination and other effects of stigma on individuals with FASD.
Policy Action Paper: Toward a Standard Definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada (2019)
This policy action paper describes the approach taken to create a standard definition of FASD, as well as our proposed definition for use in FASD policy and practice.
This issue paper highlights the role of partners in influencing maternal alcohol consumption and offers suggestions to further integrate partners into FASD prevention efforts. Although most research to date has focused largely on the role of fathers in contributing to women’s substance use, we acknowledge that partners can be men, women, or gender-diverse people, and that some women may have multiple partners or may be single by choice or circumstance.
Genetic and Epigenetic Perspectives on the Role of Fathers in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (2019)
The purpose of this issue paper is to summarize the current research on the genetic and epigenetic perspectives of the potential contribution of fathers to FASD.
The vast majority of FASD research is focused on the challenges and impairments associated with the disability, as well as the burden of FASD on families and the broader community. The goal of the current issue paper was to review the existing strengths-based FASD literature and highlight the need for more studies to fill this critical gap.