FASD Family Night Program

Prenatal alcohol exposure affects 2 to 5 percent of the population in the United States. Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) struggle with life-long learning and behavior problems and it can be difficult for families to find the right supports and services to help their children and family. The Family Night Program was developed to provide training and support for children and teens affected by FASD and their families in an easily accessible format.

The Family Night Program is a monthly program provided at no cost to families and all who are interested in participating are welcome to attend. It is typically offered one Friday evening per month from 5:30-7pm at Mt. Hope Family Center. Activities include:

  • Didactic presentations for caregivers on topics such as executive functioning, child self-regulation, special education advocacy, self-care, and emotion coaching, among others.
  • Facilitated brainstorming with caregivers on how to apply new information to the diverse and immediate needs of their children. Available community resources are shared and discussed.
  • Social support and socialization for caregivers during dinner (food provided).
  • Developmentally appropriate activities for children, teens, and young adults. A focus on social skill development and self-regulation is emphasized.

Families do not need to have a family member with a formal FASD diagnosis to attend, although it should be suspected. Siblings and other family members are welcome. Although many families live in the Rochester area, the Family Night Program also attracts families from as far as 1-1.5 hours away who regularly attend.

Directors: Christie Petrenko, Ph.D. and Lynn Cole, M.S.


Contact Information:

Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.
(585) 275-2991 extension 241