Early in 2021, we launched a new support role we'd been planning for a long time – the FASD-CAN Navigator – to provide much-need face-to-face mentoring and support to our whānau and caregivers.
In 2023, we engaged two more Navigators, in Ōtautahi / Christchurch and in Te Tai Tokerau, Northland. The long-term aim is to have a Navigator in each main region across the motu.
The purpose of the Navigator role is to support those caring for tamariki/children and rangitahi/young people impacted by prenatal exposure to alcohol, and to enable the whole whānau to live their best lives.
Key goals are:
- Establishing a face-to-face whānau, parents/caregivers support group or supporting an existing one in the region
- Providing advocacy and support for whānau, parents and caregivers
- Providing education to whānau, parents and caregivers, as well as service providers
- Networking with the disability sector to raise awareness of FASD
- Developing a regional resource of FASD informed providers in the pilot region
- Building relationships with professionals and service providers across sectors.
Click here to meet our FASD-CAN Navigators.