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 women to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy; achieve and maintain recovery; support healthy pregnancies and lives for women and their children

PCAP’s goals

Vision Statement

We envision a province where women with substance use issues are well supported in their communities to have healthy pregnancies and healthy families.

Mission Statement

The Alberta PCAP Council will support programs to operate throughout the province in an educated, culturally safe, thoughtful, and efficient 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.


  • 1991


    PCAP begins at the University of Washington as a federally funded research demonstration project

  • 1999

    Edmonton & Lethbridge

    Three PCAP Model Programs start operating in Alberta (two in Edmonton, one in Lethbridge)

  • 2000


    PCAP Model program opens in Calgary

  • 2001

    Cold Lake

    PCAP Model Program opens in Cold Lake

  • 2003


    FASD Cross-Ministry Committee (FASD-CMC) forms

  • 2005

    First Nations PCAP

    2005/2006 – 7 Federally funded First Nations PCAP Model Programs start

  • 2006

    FASD Strategic Plan

    10 year FASD Strategic Plan develops

  • 2007

    FASD Prevention in AB

    PCAP becomes the Govt. of Alberta’s program of choice for FASD Prevention

  • 2008

    Targeted Prevention

    (November) A “Targeted Prevention Sub-Committee” forms

  • 2009

    KT Training

    (January) A two day “Knowledge Transfer” training is held in Red Deer

  • 2009

    Alberta PCAP Council

    (Spring) The Alberta PCAP Council forms from the Targeted Prevention Sub-Committee

  • 2012

    PCAP Quilt

    The PCAP Quilt is created as part of a research project with Dr. Jacquie Pei and the University of Alberta at the Alberta PCAP Council’s AGM

  • 2012


    An outcomes tracking application (“Penelope”) is implemented to collect Alberta PCAP client data and provide programs with feedback

  • 2013

    PCAP Trainers

    9 Alberta Trainers are trained by Dr. Grant and provide local PCAP Training

  • 2014


    20+ programs in Alberta provide PCAP Services

  • 2014

    Official Society Status

    The Alberta PCAP Council incorporates under the Societies Act in Alberta on May 30, 2014