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.
On March 19, 2013, MOFAS celebrated FASD Day at the Capitol with over 150 advocates to speak with their legislators about FASD. Thanks to Governor Mark Dayton and his support, March 19 is now FASD Awareness Day. Representative Yvonne Selcer and Senator Melisa Franzen spoke about the importance of education, understanding of disabilities, and they want people to focus on prevention and support.
We were also fortunate to have people who are affected by an FASD share their stories with us. This included Martin Beyer, Stormy Powell, Theresa Bowlen and her student Amanda, and Sandy Hruby with her daughter Lisa. Some of these families also had a first-class tour of the Senate floor with Senator John Hoffman.
Thanks to FASD Day at the Capitol several legislators have expressed interest in becoming co-sponsors of the HF689/SF408-MOFAS/CRAFT program bill. This would help fund and expand services for pregnant women in need of chemical dependency services.
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Dozens of people rallied in support of two bills that would help fight fetal alcohol disorders.
Supporters say that $1.6 million included in the billls would pay for crucial fetal alcohol prevention services.
Executive Director of the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrom Sarah Messelt said, “For a lot of women, if you give them the message that they shouldn’t drink when they’re pregnant that’s what they’ll do. But, for women that might be struggling with issues of addiction we need to make sure that the services and supports are there for them so they can have an alcohol free pregnancy.”
Governor Dayton declared Tuesday ‘Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day’ in Minnesota.
The bills are moving through the house and senate committees.