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General Contact Information

Mailing Address:
FASD Network of Southern California
PO Box 595
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267-0595

Phone: (760) 582-1266 
You may leave a voicemail or text message any time, day or night. We try to get back in touch with you within 24 hours — or sooner, if possible.

Email: vallipow@fasdsoutherncalifornia.org



Note:
The Network lacks a physical office. Except for face-to-face events, such as support meetings, training, etc., the Network connects with others virtually, by phone or over the web.

County Contacts

These are the FASD Network of Southern California contacts for each county within our network. He or she can help you best in identifying resources in your county.


Imperial County

T.L. "Tom" Wentz, PhD.
Organization: Private Practice
Phone: (760) 217-8283
Email: twentzphd@consultant.com

Tom currently lives and works in Texas. Contact him by email for more information about FASD resources in Imperial County.


Kern County

Barbara Fowler
Phone: (661) 345-2864
Email: lovejoyfaithhope@yahoo.com

Certified CDC/Arc FASD Trainer



Eveyln Mora

Organization: Parents 4 Kids Support Group
Phone: (661) 565-2960
Email: pmomofseven@aol.com

Comments: Adoptive mother of three children with FAS
Note: Parents 4 Kids meets every third Tuesday of the month in Bakersfield, from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm. For information contact Evelyn at (661) 565-2960 or Dee at (661) 862-0783


Los Angeles County

Annette Kunzman
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (310) 717-9763
Email: annettekunzman1@gmail.com

Comments: Annette is the current Treasurer and Acting Secretary of the Network Board of Directors. She has two adult children with FASD, and she coordinates Network support meetings in southwest Los Angeles County.



Tyla Sawyer

Organization: Bill Dubofsky FASD Memorial Lending Library
Phone: (310) 210-4237
Email: fasd@ca.rr.com

Comments: Adoptive parent of two children with FASD. Extremely knowledgeable.


Orange County

Michelle Carey
Organization: Southern California FASD Information & Support Network
Phone: (714) 283-3400
Email: michellecarey1125@yahoo.com

Comments: Adoptive parent of FAS-affected child


Riverside County

Eva Carner
Organization: NineZero.org
Phone:
Office: (951) 677-0578
Cell: (951) 805-6551
Fax: (951) 677-1540
Email: suneva@roadrunner.com

Comments: Adoptive parent of adult son with FAS. Very knowledgeable and helpful.


San Bernardino County

Julia Bogany 
Organization: Keepers of Indigenous Ways
Phone: (909) 264-0309
Email: juliabogany@aol.com

Comments: Training and education specialist


San Diego County

Valerie Lipow (see more)
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (760) 845-1650
Email: vallipow@aol.com

Comments: Adoptive parent of adult son diagnosed with FAS at age 17.



Peggy Combs-Way

Organization: Birth Mother Network/Circle of Hope and NOFAS So Cal
Phone: (619) 865-4991
Email: pcombsway@gmail.com

Comments: Birth parent of daughter born with FAS who is now an adult. As a leader and mentor of  the NOFAS.org Circle of Hope network for birth mothers of persons with FASD, Peggy assists women who drank alcohol and/or used drugs while pregnant, who need to know that they are not alone. Peggy also is a Founder of the NOFAS affiliate chapter in Southern California


San Luis Obispo County

Shannon Klisch
Organization: Beginnings of San Luis Obispo County
Phone: (805) 305-3235
Email: sklisch@slocap.org

Comments: NOFAS contact in San Luis Obispo County


Santa Barbara County

Shelley Reed Cole
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: 805-687-0543
Email: shelleyeight@aol.com

Comments: Adoptive parent of young adult daughter with prenatal alcohol exposure


Ventura County

Joeli Gutfleisch
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (805) 495-4887
Email: joelig@verizon.net

Comments: Adoptive parent of  school-age child with FAS. Leader of local Ventura County FAS parents' support group.



Danielle Onstot Shaw, M.D.

Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (805) 479-7905
Email: dronstot2@yahoo.com

Comments: Adoptive parent of young adult woman with FASD. Practicing pediatrician, currently completing a post-graduate training program in psychiatry at Emory University in Georgia.

Facebook Group

If you are a Facebook user, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/SoCalFASDNetwork/ and join our secure group. At the page, click the Join Group link. Currently, close to 300 Facebook users participate.

Note: There are several other groups on Facebook for people who are interested in FASD.

Network Email Discussion Group

The FASD Network of Southern California email list is a way to share information about living with the issues and challenges of FASD and to find effective resources for diagnosis and treating people affected by FASD in Southern California. Participants in the email list also vent frustration and share triumphs as well ask for information or share resources.  

This email discussion group is designed for persons who live or work in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and/or Kern Counties. Anyone whose FASD-affected client, student, patient, congregant, romantic partner, coworker, customer, classmate, neighbor, friend, or family member lives or works in Southern California may also participate in the discussion group.

How do I sign up?

Use the following method to join the discussion group:

  1. Create an email message to SouthernCaliforniaFASDSupportNetwork-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. In the Subject line, enter Subscribe
  3. In the Message, enter Subscribe youremail. For example, Subscribe jdoe@emailprovider.com
  4. Click Send.

How do I unsubscribe?

If you need to leave the discussion group, use the following method:

  1. Create an email message to SouthernCaliforniaFASDSupportNetwork-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. In the Subject line, enter Unsubscribe
  3. In the Message, enter Unsubscribe youremail. For example, Unsubscribe jdoe@emailprovider.com
  4. Click Send.


Note:

Members of our discussion group also attend network meetings in order to share experiences, network ideas and resources, learn about current issues, and explore strategies to help FASD-affected individuals succeed.

Support Meetings

The Network began, in 2011, as informal lunch get-togethers attended by a small group of parents of teens and young adults who had either been diagnosed with FASD or who were suspected of being affected by it. We originally connected via one or another of the email lists for parents to discuss FASD.

Some of us drove over 150 miles round-trip to come to these sessions.

The camaraderie, experience and referrals to resources throughout Southern California for our children was helpful. The face-to-face contact made a special difference.  It helped to ease the sense of isolation many of us felt. The attendees "got" FASD. We understood what it takes, and how it feels to care for and advocate on behalf of an individual with FASD.

These meetings became the cornerstone of the Network.

With time, we formalized these gatherings, by scheduling them regularly and combining the emotional support element with an educational component.



Today, you can find information about our support meetings on the Events page on this site.

Training

The small group of parents who launched the Network turned an informal support group into a fully-fledged nonprofit organization because of the strong response we received from the formal training events we held. At these programs, which lasted from 1 to 2 or 3 full days, famous and well-respected experts on FASD from across the U.S. delivered training on understanding the physical, emotional and psychological characteristics of FASD, and taught participants ways to assist our loved ones or clients living with the condition.

Today the Network intends to present at least one professional-level training program every year. We pride ourselves on sponsoring training programs that attract both professional who serve individuals with FASD or their families and family members who struggle to provide both a loving home and the structure that many persons with FASD need. When parents and other loved ones of persons with FASD and the clinicians and other professionals we rely on for help meet together to learn more about FASD, we improve our ability to understand each other's challenges and priorities, and we improve our ability to work together on behalf of Southern Californians living with FASD.

To learn more about the events sponsored by the Network, visit the Events page on our site.

Please Complete Our Questionnaire

As the FASD Network of Southern California grows and develops as an organization, we need your help to define what kinds of events and activities we should offer.

Please take ten minutes or so to complete the survey below to tell us what support and/or training programs interest you. At the end of the survey, you can add your name and email address to our event mailing list. 

Note: The survey below works using web browsers using Up and Down scroll-bars that display content as you drag the scroll-bar using a mouse or touch pad. You will need to see the scroll-bars in the "box" containing the survey to complete the questionnaire. This function may not work in a smart-phone browser, or in any other device that doesn't enable scroll-bars in a web browser.

We will never share any personal information you give us with any individual, group, organization, or government agency without your permission.

Please contact us if you have questions about the form, our events, etc.

Network Email Discussion Group

The FASD Network of Southern California email list is a way to share information about living with the issues and challenges of FASD and to find effective resources for diagnosis and treating people affected by FASD in Southern California. Participants in the email list also vent frustration and share triumphs as well ask for information or share resources.  

This email discussion group is designed for persons who live or work in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and/or Kern Counties. Anyone whose FASD-affected client, student, patient, congregant, romantic partner, coworker, customer, classmate, neighbor, friend, or family member lives or works in Southern California may also participate in the discussion group.

How do I sign up?

Use the following method to join the discussion group:

  1. Create an email message to SouthernCaliforniaFASDSupportNetwork-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. In the Subject line, enter Subscribe
  3. In the Message, enter Subscribe youremail. For example, Subscribe jdoe@emailprovider.com
  4. Click Send.

How do I unsubscribe?

If you need to leave the discussion group, use the following method:

  1. Create an email message to SouthernCaliforniaFASDSupportNetwork-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. In the Subject line, enter Unsubscribe
  3. In the Message, enter Unsubscribe youremail. For example, Unsubscribe jdoe@emailprovider.com
  4. Click Send.

Note:

Members of our discussion group also attend network meetings in order to share experiences, network ideas and resources, learn about current issues, and explore strategies to help FASD-affected individuals succeed.

County Contacts

These are the FASD Network of Southern California contacts for each county within our network. He or she can help you best in identifying resources in your county.


Imperial County

T.L. "Tom" Wentz, PhD.
Organization: Private Practice
Phone: (760) 217-8283
Email: twentzphd@consultant.com

Tom currently lives and works in Texas. Contact him by email for more information about FASD resources in Imperial County.


Kern County

Barbara Fowler
Phone: (661) 345-2864
Email: lovejoyfaithhope@yahoo.com

Certified CDC/Arc FASD Trainer


Eveyln Mora
Organization: Parents 4 Kids Support Group
Phone: (661) 565-2960
Email: pmomofseven@aol.com

Comments: Adoptive mother of three children with FAS
Note: Parents 4 Kids meets every third Tuesday of the month in Bakersfield, from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm. For information contact Evelyn at (661) 565-2960 or Dee at (661) 862-0783


Los Angeles County

Tyla Sawyer
Organization: Bill Dubofsky FASD Memorial Lending Library
Phone: (310) 210-4237
Email: fasd@ca.rr.com
Comments: Adoptive parent of two children with FASD. Extremely knowledgeable.


Orange County

Michelle Carey
Organization: Southern California FASD Information & Support Network
Phone: (714) 283-3400
Email: michellecarey1125@yahoo.com
Comments: Adoptive parent of FAS-affected child


Riverside County

Eva Carner
Organization: NineZero.org
Phone:
Office: (951) 677-0578
Cell: (951) 805-6551
Fax: (951) 677-1540
Email: suneva@roadrunner.com
Comments: Adoptive parent of adult son with FAS. Very knowledgeable and helpful.


San Bernardino County

Julia Bogany 
Organization: Keepers of Indigenous Ways
Phone: (909) 264-0309
Email: juliabogany@aol.com
Comments: Training and education specialist


San Diego County

Valerie Lipow (see more)
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (760) 730-1972
Email: vallipow@aol.com
Comments: Adoptive parent of son diagnosed with FAS at age 17.

Peggy Combs-Way
Organization: Birth Mother Network/Circle of Hope and NOFAS So Cal
Phone: (619) 865-4991
Email: peggycombs@gmail.com
Comments: Birth parent of daughter born with FAS who is now an adult. As a leader and mentor of  the birth mother network/circle of hope, Peggy assists women who drank alcohol and/or used drugs while pregnant, who need to know that they are not alone.


San Luis Obispo County

Shannon Klisch
Organization: Beginnings of San Luis Obispo County
Phone: (805) 305-3235
Email: sklisch@slocap.org
Comments:NOFAS contact in San Luis Obispo County


Santa Barbara County

Shelley Reed Cole
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: 805-687-0543
Email: shelleyeight@aol.com
Comments: Adoptive parent of young adult daughter with prenatal alcohol exposure


Ventura County

Joeli Gutfleisch
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (805) 495-4887
Email: joelig@verizon.net
Comments: Adoptive parent of  school-age chilld with FAS. Leader of local Ventura County FAS parents' support group.

Danielle Onstot Shaw, M.D.
Organization: FASD Network of Southern California
Phone: (805) 479-7905
Email: dronstot2@yahoo.com
Comments: Adoptive parent of young adult woman with FASD. Practicing pediatrician, currently participating a post-graduate training program in psychiatry at Emory University in Georgia.

Please Complete Our Questionnaire

As the FASD Network of Southern California grows and develops as an organization, we need your help to define what kinds of events and activities we should offer.

Please take ten minutes or so to complete the survey below to tell us what support and/or training programs interest you. At the end of the survey, you can add your name and email address to our event mailing list. 

Note: The survey below works using web browsers using Up and Down scroll-bars that display content as you drag the scroll-bar using a mouse or touch pad. You will need to see the scroll-bars in the "box" containing the survey to complete the questionnaire. This function may not work in a smart-phone browser, or in any other device that doesn't enable scroll-bars in a web browser.

We will never share any personal information you give us with any individual, group, organization, or government agency without your permission.

Please contact us if you have questions about the form, our events, etc.

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