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 – April 2013, Vol. 1
New at MOFAS
FASD Day at the Capitol 2013
On March 19, 2013, MOFAS and over 150 advocates visited the Capitol to speak with their legislators about FASD and the bills that could help fund or expand services for pregnant women in need of chemical dependency services. Governor Mark Dayton, Representative Yvonne Selcer, and Senator Melisa Franzen all spoke out and helped make this day a success. Follow the link to view our photos from Hill Day 2013.
MOFAS is Hiring: Training Manager Position
MOFAS is hiring a Training Manager who will report to the Director of Programs and oversee the statewide business and marketing plans, budgets, and reporting mechanisms of the MOFAS training department. The manager will also monitor training results and coordinate the development and implementation of continuous improvement plans.
MOFAS is Hiring: Development & Special Events Intern
MOFAS is in need of a Development and Special Events Intern to support MOFAS development functions through donor research and relations activities, grant proposal research and report preparation, and special event preparation support. The primary function of this internship is to help build our individual donor base and increase individual donors, grants and major gifts.
MOFAS is Hiring: FASD Family Resource Coordinator – NE MN Position
MOFAS is able to provide continuous, in-person support to families through a network of contracts called Family Resource Coordinators. We are currently seeking a qualified caregiver from northeastern Minnesota who is excited about supporting families living with FASD, as well as motivating community members to get involved with FASD prevention and advocacy.
FASD in the Media
FASD Receives Coverage from Local News Stations
Roughly 262,380 people were reached at FASD Day at the Capitol thanks to press coverage from three local TV stations, Channel 5, KARE-NBC, and KSTC-IND, and the MN Senate Media. In all, five stories ran to allow advocates attending to share their personal stories and continue spreading the 049 message. Watch videos of the news coverage by following the link.
Picture Slideshow of MOFAS’s Theatre Event Appears in MN Monthly
Have you seen the April issue of MN Monthly? Page 30 features MOFAS’s 10th Annual Theatre Event, and MN Monthly’s website showcases a picture slideshow. To view the slideshow, follow the link.
Resources for Women
Join MOFAS at these fun upcoming community events to celebrate a healthy, alcohol-free pregnancy:
Women, the Givers of Life – Minneapolis
April 12, 2013 10 AM – 4 PM
Baby Expo/Kids Stuff Sale and Expo – North Branch
April 13, 2013 9 AM – 12 PM
NEC Wellness Day – Minneapolis
April 18, 2013 8 AM – 8:30 PM
FASD Awareness at SCSU – St. Cloud
April 24, 2013 9 AM – 12 PM
Free Online Training – FASD The Basics
May 9, 2013 12 PM – 1 PM
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. To register, CLICK HERE >>>
MOFAS is Hiring: Licensed Psychologist for FASD Assessments – Contract
The MOFAS Diagnostic Clinic serving youth ages 2-17 is hiring a licensed Psychologist on a contract for service basis to assess children and youth for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. To learn more, follow the link, or contact Ruth Richardson, Director of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is Hiring: SEAP Panel
Get involved and make a difference! The Minnesota Department of Education seeks qualified candidates to fill vacancies on the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP). SEAP is a federally-mandated advisory group providing policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities. Interested? Click the link to view a PDF with complete details.
Training with Candace Shelton from SAMHSA FASD Center of Excellence
April 12, 2013 8:30 AM to 4 PM
This workshop offers a full 6 hours of training, CEUs pending, with a focus on “Strategies for Optimizing Success.” Candace Shelton, MS, LISAC, ABD, Ph.D, will present strategies for improving outcomes and effectively intervening on behavioral problems and cognitive deficits. To view the registration form and sign up, CLICK HERE >>>.
Children’s Friendship Training and Strong Kids Curriculum/Summer Program
Wednesdays June 19 – August 14 from 1 – 2 PM, ages 9 – 10
Thursdays June 20 – August 15 from 1 – 2 PM, 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, handle rejection, and “play detective” to find common interest, be a good winner and loser, and make a good first impression. Apply by April 30th to Lifetrack Resources @ 651-265-2348 Admissions Dept. Insurance/MA accepted.
MARN Conference on Children and Trauma
May 17-18, 2013 8 AM – 4 PM
MN Adopt is presenting a two-day conference for adoptive, foster, or kinship parents, and professionals with the topic of Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma. Dr. Gregory C. Keck and Dr. Anne Gearity are the keynote speakers who specialize in trauma and mental health, and they will be sharing the knowledge on how trauma impacts a child’s development and what can be done after such trauma occurs.
April VFC Chats
Each week, an expert in the field will lead an interactive chat for parents and caregivers of children affected by an FASD. We will be introducing a new expert this month, Dan Dubovsky, MSW, and we are excited to see what new insights he will be sharing.
New Dads Support Group in the Southwest Metro Area
Join us for Dad’s Coffee Group in Minnetonka! Starting April 6th, this group will meet the first Saturday of every month at the Caribou in the Target Parking. This is a great opportunity for dads parenting children with an FASD to connect, discuss, and find support.