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Welcome to the Alberta PCAP Council

About the Alberta PCAP Council


The Alberta Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) Council evolved from the Targeted & Indicated Prevention Training Sub-Committee reporting to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC). Alberta PCAP programs were in need of program-specific supports, and funders such as FASD‑CMC were in need of policy information.

The Parent-Child Assistance Program started as a federally funded research demonstration project developed by Dr. Therese Grant at the University of Washington. The goals of PCAP are to support women to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy, to achieve and maintain recovery, and to support healthy pregnancies and lives for women and their children. We do this by addressing the needs of mothers and getting them stabilized in a whole host of ways.

  • Support participants to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy
  • Achieve and maintain recovery
  • Support healthy pregnancies and lives for the participants and their children
  • Support community connections

PCAP’s goals


We envision a province where individuals who use alcohol and/or drugs are supported in their communities to have healthy pregnancies and healthy families.


The Alberta PCAP Council will support programs to operate throughout the province in an educated, culturally responsive and trauma-informed manner that is consistent with the Alberta PCAP model.


The PCAP model has been chosen in Alberta to provide services for targeted and indicated prevention of FASD. This Level 3/4 Prevention offers a specialized and holistic support of pregnant women with alcohol and other health/social problems. The purpose of the Council is to assist programs to adhere to this research-based, validated model to promote program fidelity and quality assurance.