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.
Hi my name is Davis and my wife is Jilayna.
I wanted to share our story. Since it is ongoing there will always be more to add.
When we started our life together, we never imagined the journey we were in for. We found out we were expecting our first child, very exciting and new. After our baby girl was about 6 months old, we found out a relative had 2 girls in the court system ready to be adopted out. We talked about it and decided we would be able to open our home and hearts to these girls. They were 3 & 18 months at that time. It was a challenge to say the least to get them into our home since they had been in the court system so long by then. The youngest was 6 weeks old when removed from their home. She was a failure to thrive baby at that time. In the court reports we received it mentioned that there was alcohol abuse while pregnant and suspected drug use. We had heard of FASD before, but we would soon find out so much more.
Fast forward a year and a half. We had finalized adoption and then came another surprise! The birth mom had another baby! The courts contacted us right away to see if we would take him. After very little thought we said yes! Our first boy! Our home finally had some blues and browns. Pink and purple are okay in small doses don’t get me wrong. By the way this story has my slant and is very brief. My wife may add more detail and her side at another time.
Fast forward 2 years. We have been taking classes and having therapy for a couple years. We were learning a lot about adoption and attachment. During a RAD series, we had our first peak at FASD. Right away we decided we needed to learn a lot more about it. That is when we found MOFAS! It helped us put some perspective on the challenges we are having with our adopted children. We still have a lot to learn, but we realize now that we are not alone!
This blog is a brief introduction to our family. I will share some of our challenges and how we are coping with them periodically. We would also like to hear from your families as well.