Darlene


Darlene is an Early Childhood Educator and Homeschooling Mom of two. She’s worked with children for the past 24 years in formal and home childcare settings. She’s a professor in the early childhood learning program at the local college. Over the years she’s worked with children with many "personalities" including those diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, ADD and other developmental disabilities. She and her husband provided a foster home for newborns. They adopted a little girl, now 8 and diagnosed with Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. Darlene’s background and supportive family poised her well to navigate life with FASD. But each day brings new challenges for which there are only strategies, no solutions. The lack of supports, resources and understanding in the community for those with FASD has been most disappointing and has led her to advocate not only for her own family but also for others who live with or who are supporting someone with FASD.