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As peers who have been impacted by the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use, we know that reaching out for support can come with the fear of judgement, shame, police or child welfare involvement. That’s why we’ve created resources, tools, and opportunities to connect with and mentor peers without fear or shame. 

Peer Led Healing Groups.

Age 18+

Our programs are a way to connect with people with similar experiences and to access peer developed tools and resources. Don’t feel like talking or asking questions? That’s ok. Come to listen, but mostly come to learn that you are not alone and that there are ways to get through all the stress.  

1:1 PeerMentorship

Meet and greet

We know if can feel uncomfortable to join a peer group with people you don't know. So we offer 1:1 meet and greet mentorship opportunities where you meet with one of our peers, you can ask questions, learn about our groups or resources, share experiences, or get support with navigating a complex system that doesn't always understand our experiences.


1. Sign up for a session under "choose a date" below. 

2. You will get an email with a zoom (virtual) link)

3. Join the session at the date and time you resgitered for.

Starlings Peers Members Page

A space for individuals impacted by the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use to access stories from peers, our resources, forums, and guides. 

Created for peers by peers. For youth age 12+

Free resources made for youth and young adult peers (and always by peers). Learn about stress, triggers, boundaries, grief and more in these short peer created guides.

Forward With Hope Kit.

Parents, caregivers, and youth in Alberta can access our forward with hope kits, individualized for youth age 6+. Included: forward with hope guide, books, and self-care items. NOTE: If you are a professional or are from an organization, please inquire about partnering to access our resources or refer your clients to FASC by emailing

The OG Guide.

A comprehensive healing guide touching on triggers, attachment, caregiving, grief, trauma, and reconnecting to self and community. 

Forward with Hope: A guide for youth and adults who have been impacted by the stress and stigma of a parent's addiction
Forward with Hope For Parents Who uses substances and want to improve their relationship w



I can't join peer virtual groups as my parents are close by. How can I still benefit from them? 

As peers, we get it! We suggest joining with ear buds and just listening with video off (no need to talk); and/or check out our short guides (resources); and/or sign up for our newsletter or connect with us via socials.  


I’ve never experienced the “stigma” of my parents' substance use, why is that your focus? 

35-50% of youth told us they never reached out for help because of fear of being shamed for their parents' substance use, or there was no support available, or they worried about being removed from their home: to us this is all connected to stigma 


I am under 18 years old, why aren't there programs for me at FASC? 

Stay tuned, they are coming! Currently, SCC’s under 18 programs are within Calgary schools or through other YYC based organizations. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch the programs through SCC.  

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