If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
We wanted to do something different for FASD Awareness Month this year. The idea was simple – have a visibly pregnant woman drinking beer at the MN State Fair and capture people’s reactions. Would they say something? Well…..yes and no. “We got a lot of comments under people’s breath,” Claire, our model who posed as the pregnant person drinking, said. But not a single person uttered a negative word, at least not to her face. In fact, she even had some people congratulate her for drinking while being pregnant, which was interesting to say the least.
See the highlights in the video below, created for FASD Awareness Month:
The goal of this experiment was to simply get people talking about the subject! We want it out in the open, being debated and discussed. And it worked! When the story aired on KARE 11 10PM News, KARE 11 Sunrise, WCCO AM Radio, KS95 and even the national FOX & Friends AM Show, each of their respective Facebook pages, comment boards and several other pregnancy related blogs went crazy with comments and passionate discussions on the topic of drinking during pregnancy. Comments ranged from “I would have said something” to “Since it was only a few beers I was ok with minding my own business. It would be have different if she would have been drunk.” Check out some of the media coverage below – FOX & Friends even brought in a psychologist to analyze why people may or may not have confronted our “pregnant” model.
KARE 11 segment:
FOX & Friends segment:
First, our out-of-the-box strategy to get people’s attention and get people talking about drinking during pregnancy worked. Secondly, if people won’t say something about drinking while pregnant, MOFAS will! We will continue to reach and teach on our 049 message. There is still so much misinformation on how much is too much, and that certain types of alcohol like wine or beer are not as harmful as hard liquor. MOFAS will work hard to ensure that people have accurate, good information to make good health related decisions with.
We are beginning to change the social norm, but we have a ways to go! Be a part of making the difference. Donate any amount you can to support MOFAS prevention work – click here. Or simply help share our 049 message – Zero Alcohol For Nine Months. We want every woman to know that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy!