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.
Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – March 2013, Vol. 2
New at MOFAS
Where Will You Be on March 19?
Gov. Dayton will be at FASD Day at the Capitol! Please join him and over one hundred advocates and volunteers in the Capitol Rotunda at 10 AM to help build awareness for the most preventable social problem we face – FASD. First 100 attendees receive a t-shirt. RSVP today.
Alliance Education Center wants to take 049 to Washington DC
Alliance Education Center, located within ISD 917, is a MOFAS Public Awareness grantee that serves learners with unique needs from Dakota County. Their students are passionate about spreading 049 here in MN, and now even hope to take this message all the way to Washington DC. If you are interested in learning more about their program or supporting their efforts, go to www.givemn.org and search AEC 917 or www.32auctions.com/isd917washington. Good Luck AEC!
FASD in the News
MOFAS Young Adult Panel- “Best part of my day“
Here are a few comments from attendees who heard the MOFAS Young Adult Panel speak at the recent 2013 Potpourri Conference in St.Cloud:
“It was very enlightening, and helpful. It gave me hope for my son”
“FASD Breakout was the best part of the day; It helped me understand.”
“The panel was great! To be able to talk to them in person and to hear their stories – this gave me so much hope for all the young children that I work with and what they may become as adults.”
“This group of young adults were awesome. Meeting with the young adults with FASD and learning about FASD was the best part of my day.”
“Having young people with FASD tell their own stories was awesome. So powerful! 5 of the most bright and inspirational people I have ever met! Life Changing!”
“The young men and young women speakers in the FASD class answered lots of questions that help me understand how to work and listen to my students.”
“The FASD panel was wonderful. What an interesting group of young adults. They were very inspiring!”
Resources for Women
Join MOFAS at these fun upcoming community events to celebrate a healthy, alcohol free pregnancy:
Spa Night at Eagan Child and Family Care
March 16, 2013 6 PM – 9 PM
Pregnant Pause @ Lakewood
March 23, 2013 1 PM – 3 PM
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby Community Baby Shower
March 25, 2013 6 PM – 7:15 PM
FASD Awareness at SCTCC
March 27, 2013 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Free Online Training – FASD The Basics
March 12, 2013 Noon
This free online training with a MOFAS presenter is for anyone interested in learning more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) including parents, professionals and educators. Participants will gain a basic understanding of FASD, explore how alcohol affects the developing brain and discuss strategies for helping someone who is affected by an FASD. Maximum 23 participants.
Save the Date – Training with Candace Shelton from SAMHSA FASD Center of Excellence
Friday, April 12 in St Cloud
Full day training will be geared toward professionals. More information to come. Watch the MOFAS website.
March VFC Expert Chats
Every Thursday – March 7, 14, 21, and 28 @ 9 PM
Each week, an expert in the field will lead an interactive chat for parents and caregivers of children affected by an FASD. Don’t miss these lively conversations hosted by MOFAS FRCs Nancy and Jeff Beyer.
Hand in Hand Selected Topics: Re-Thinking the Birds and Bees
March 12, 2013 5:30 PM – 8 PM
Come learn about how to start conversations with children about boundaries, self-esteem and their changing bodies from Tim Wright, Psy.D. who has experience in psychosexual evaluations as well as creating and implementing curriculum for youth with an FASD with Sexualized Behaviors. Register siblings for KidShop Part 1.
Hand in Hand Selected Topics: FASD and Sleep Issues
March 26, 2013 5:30 PM – 8 PM
This special session will provide an overview on the most common types of sleep problems experienced by individuals affected by an FASD. Strategies for improving sleep patterns will be presented, including discussions on sleep medication. Register siblings for KidShop Part 2
Hand in Hand, Part 2 – Fergus Falls
Saturday, March 16 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
FASD: Addressing the Challenges. This one day session will discuss Behavioral Challenges; Co-occuring Disorders/Mental Health; Safety and Boundary Issues; Medications /Therapy. All materials included; light lunch provided.
Hand in Hand, Part 2 – St. Cloud
Saturday, March 23 8:30 AM – 3:30 PMFASD: Addressing the Challenges. This one day session will discuss Behavioral Challenges; Co-occuring Disorders/Mental Health; Safety and Boundary Issues; Medications /Therapy. All materials included; light lunch provided.
Children’s Friendship Training and Strong Kids Curriculum/Summer Program
Wednesdays June 19 – August 14 from 1 – 2 PM for ages 9 – 10
Thursdays June 20 – August 15 from 1 – 2 PM for ages 11 -12
Lifetrack Resources in St. Paul is offering social skills training this summer for children with an FASD. This 8 week occupational clinic will focus on impulse control, self-regulation, executive functioning skills, and specific social skills like how to join a group to play, how to handle rejection, how to “play detective” to find common interests, how to be a good winner and loser, and how to make a good first impression. Apply by April 30th to Lifetrack Resources @ 651-265-2348 Admissions Dept. Insurance/MA accepted.