Mates forever together inspired

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers –
Elizabeth “Anne” Russell – Thank you!

 Courage is something that Elizabeth (Anne) Russell both has and inspires in others.

Anne doesn’t shy away from the truth about alcohol in pregnancy– it’s something she’s had to live with on a daily basis. — Professor Fiona Stanley

Elizabeth russellProfessor Stanley continues, “Through her honesty, she has helped so many others. But while her contribution to families living with FASD is immeasurable, I think her most significant achievement is bringing her confronting message into the public arena where she has made so many people stop and ask the hard questions:
– What messages about alcohol are we giving to pregnant women?
– How as a society do we support women not to drink in pregnancy?
– What are the implications of the increase in alcohol abuse amongst teenage girls?
Awareness is the first step towards prevention.”

The first prevention video for mainstream Australians. Thanks to the Alaska Mental Health Trust for letting us use their format. Target audience 30 plus.

Anne is a birth mother of two children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Her youngest son has full FAS. She has lobbied extensively in Australia on both a state and national level to raise awareness about FASD issues since 2000. She is also the  founder of the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (RFFADA)


Anne Russell has a proven track record in advocacy and support for children with FASD and their families. Anne has accurately identified the complete absence of local intervention options and hopes to fill this gap by updating her successful first book with a second edition − Alcohol and Pregnancy: My Responsible Disturbance. The second edition is a combination of her first and second books and the culmination of living with FASD for 34 years and supporting other families for 16. I know it’s Anne’s goal to help people understand FASD through her own lived story and to raise awareness of FASD in Australia.  from Dr. Doug Shelton

David Boulding – Canadian Lawyer shares“When you have worked as a lawyer in family and criminal courts, as I have for over fifteen years, you hear many stories. This story, this author,
is separated from almost all of the stories I have heard by two special human qualities: she
takes responsibility for her life, and then decides to take action herself to remedy the situation. This is indeed a story worth reading. The story contained here is not unique in the facts-as you will learn, the facts are all too depressingly repeated over and over all around the world. You will learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder here than in any medical textbook-and that is part of the problem the author seeks to
remedy. The book details vital information each Australian considering having a family must have-information they will not get from doctors, parents or the media. More importantly, here is a story of mother taking responsibility for her life and her most difficult situation, and then doing something constructive to help others. The acceptance of personal responsibility and the commitment to action found in these pages makes this story so vitally applicable to each reader. FASD affects all aspects of Australian society … no one is immune.”
The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (RFFADA) was formed in 2007 and is a national not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to ensuring that individuals affected prenatally by alcohol have access to diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning in Australia, and that carers and parents
are supported with a “no blame no shame” approach. The website provides links to a range of research, projects, information and support resources related to FASD.
  • Support
  • Training
  • Education
  • Research and Projects

Anne delivers training and development workshops to parents, carers, drug and alcohol workers, disability workers, mental health workers, medical practitioners, midwives and other various community organizations throughout Australia. 

Ann is the author of the first three books on FASD in Australia 

Red Shoes Rocks gives her a BIG SHOUT OUT and Thank You. 
(click on links or books to purchase)

alcohol_and_pregnancy_russellAlcohol and Pregnancy: A Mother’s Responsible Disturbance (2nd Edition 2018)
by Elizabeth Russell (2005, 2018)

Intervention for children with FASD is a lifelong priority; the condition does not necessarily diminish when children reach adulthood. Parents and carers desperately need an Australian ‘How To’ guide that will map out a path forward and help them to plan a lifetime of intervention shifting the odds toward better outcomes. This book is that guide. Parents living with FASD reading this book will see similarities in their own situation through Anne’s and will be able to better advocate and support their own children by using strategies Anne has found helpful. If not Anne’s story then perhaps one of the other fourteen stories that are found in the latter half of the book. All will be helpful.
— Dr. Doug Sheldon

Alcohol and Pregnancy: No Blame – No Shame!
alcohol_and_pregnancy_book_y Elizabeth Russell (2007)

These collective experiences are incredibly moving and very personal stories from individuals with FASD, their carers, parents and families, all struggling to cope in a society that has little understanding or awareness of their needs. They are stories that highlight the terrible personal and societal costs of alcohol exposure in pregnancy, the alarming lack of support from health professionals and the deficiency of resources in the community to adequately and appropriately meet the needs of individuals with FASD.

“You are not alone” could have been an alternate title of this book. Elizabeth ’s concern for the carers of fetal alcohol affected people lies beneath each page. Other titles that spring to mind are: “FASD a Survivor’s Guide” and “The Care and Management of a Person with FASD” or more brutally: “You are not a bad parent, your child has FASD”. All of these titles allude to Elizabeth ’s selfless commitment to promoting awareness, educating the community and assisting with the management of this disability.

Elizabeth however, has carefully chosen the title “No blame – No shame” to emphasise that a mother does not usually deliberately set out to harm her unborn child.  Elizabeth ’s pressing message to this book’s audience is that harm is occurring and that we as a society must understand why it is occurring and that we should blame alcohol, not pregnant women. — Sue Meirs, co-founder, NOFAS Australia

strategies_for_employment_sStrategies for Employment Services Specialists
by Elizabeth Russell (2008)

“This is an excellent book and the first of its kind in the whole world. Way to go, Anne.” — Jodee Kulp

On behalf of NESA, and the Employment Services industry I would like to sincerely express our thanks to Elizabeth Russell for her courage, honesty and willingness to share her journey of discovery with FASD in this wonderful book.  Many of the people who work in the Employment Services industry will find Elizabeth’s book an absolute revelation when relating back to certain experiences and frustrations with their clients. 
Sally Sinclair CEO NESA (National Employment Services Association) 

“We understand that we cannot solve the problems related to prenatal alcohol exposure on our own. That’s why working in partnership with others is critical to achieving our goals. These relationships are a key part of the work we do around Australia and we are glad to have partners who understand the importance of this work.”Anne Russell, Founder, rffada

Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association  



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Published by jodeekulp

Jodee Kulp, is an award-winning author, producer and advocate who works tirelessly to serve children and families of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Her behavioral work in understanding canine fear and applying it to helping adults gain life skills is momumental and parallels our work with EAGALA Equine Therapy. It will be exciting to watch this progress. - Chris Troutt, Papillion Center Current Projects include: Pearlz Work Embraced Movement PraiseMoves LIFT (Laughter in Fitness Training) LiveAbilities Red Shoes Rock. Stop FASD PawZup Life Stories

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