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.
The Academy (American Academy of Pediatrics) has endorsed a statement that recommends primary health care clinicians screen for alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorders in children.
Prenatal exposure to alcohol is one of the leading preventable causes of birth defects, mental retardation and neurodevelopmental disorders. An estimated 0.2 to 1.5 cases of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) occur in every 1,000 live births in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/data.html). Since FAS refers to the most severely affected children, these figures are considered an underestimation of the prevalence of the broad range of harmful effects from prenatal alcohol exposure, including growth delay, physical malformations, mental and behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.
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