Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

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).

Why PR%F

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.

Why Alliance?

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.

What's Next?

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.

April, 2013 Vol. 2

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
E-Newsletter – April 2013, Vol. 2 

049 Coaster Introduced for Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness month, and in support of this month, MOFAS generated colorful coasters to help spread the 049 message. These coasters feature one of three recipes for a non-alcoholic beverage alternative. MOFAS hopes to see these 049 coasters within various restaurants, liquor stores, and bars throughout April so that women feel empowered to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy. If you know a business that may be interested in participating, please give them a copy of our easy-to-complete order form linked here as a PDF.

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. Click on the link to learn more about this exciting position and how you can apply.

Resources for Women


Join MOFAS at these fun upcoming community events to celebrate a healthy, alcohol-free pregnancy:

Girls’ Night Out – Mahnomen
April 25, 2013 5 PM – 7 PM

8th Annual Pregnant Pause – Hutchinson
April 25, 2013 6 PM – 8 PM

FUN Fest & Expo – Ashby
April 27, 2013 9 AM – 12 PM

Community Baby Shower – Chaska
April 27, 2013 10 AM – 3 PM

A Night Out for ME – Golden Valley
May 1, 2013 6 PM – 8 PM

Professionals


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 ruth@mofas.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.

Living With the Challenges of FASD: Five-Week Series – St. Paul
May 8 – June 5, 2013
This free, five-week educational series is for adults affected by FASD. Caregivers, family members, and professionals are all welcome to come and learn about some key topics, including FASD Basics, Advocating, Boundaries, and Sleep Issues. To register, contact Jerrod Brown by phone, (651) 734-5517, or email, jerrod01234brown@live.com.

Young Adults Activity Club (YAAC): Young Adult Panel – Waite Park
May 11, 2013 11 AM – 1 PM 
YAAC invites teens, young adults, and parents for conversation and questions in a comfortable environment. The first hour will focus on teens and young adults ages 14-30 who live with an FASD. In the second hour, parents can join in the conversation and asks questions. Pizza and dessert will be provided. Register before May 9 by contacting Pam Chmielewski by phone, (320) 251-7272, or email, 049months@arcmidstate.org.

Young Adults Activity Club (YAAC) – St. Paul
June 9, 2013 12 PM – ?
YAAC invites you to the St. Paul Saints Ballgame! General admission ticks for young adults are free, but families and friends are welcome to purchase tickets of their own and join us. A tailgate in the parking lot will be provided by MOFAS at noon, just before the ballgame beings. To attend, RSVP to Marissa Lang by email, marissa@mofas.org, or phone, (651) 917-2370.

MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013
June 28 – July 1, 2013 OR July 26 – 29, 2013

It’s that time of year again! The MOFAS Summer Family Retreat is a great experience meant specifically for families living with an FASD. MOFAS, in collaboration with Confidence Learning Center, offers a rewarding retreat that provides a safe and fun weekend packed with activities planned with the needs of individuals with an FASD in mind. This retreat is a great way to foster stronger families, build networks, and meet other families. Follow the link to learn more.

Birth/Kinship Family Retreat 2013
August 16 – 18, 2013
Join us for the second annual MOFAS Family Retreat for Birth and Kinship Families. Activities include swimming, games, sports, hiking, canoeing, fishing, campfires and more! Keep in mind that this is no rough camping – you will be staying in fully modernized cabins, with kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, ceiling fans, and running water. You will enjoy a unique getaway experience while still having wonderful opportunities to make connections with others who understand. To register, CLICK HERE >>>

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