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.
MOFAS has a unique support opportunity: Families Moving Forward. FMF is a personalized program for families with children affected by an FASD or prenatal alcohol exposure. The families work with a certified FMF Specialist over a seven to eleven month period. Together the specialist and parents or caregivers are able to address behavior issues. This helps them come up with new strategies to work with and overcome obstacles.
Having one-on-one sessions with an FMF Specialist helps restore hope, optimism, and encouragement for families. One FMF Specialist writes about a grandmother who adopted her grandchildren ages 10, 7, and 5 years old. They all were exposed to alcohol prenatally.
“She had learned to reframe their behaviors from defiance and willful disobedience to struggles with inattention and impulsivity…which helped her identify appropriate parenting strategies… and environmental accommodations to decrease their problem behaviors,” writes the specialist.
Not only do the specialists help parents, caregivers, and children work through struggles but they add positivity for their future. Another specialist writes about how being part of FMF keeps the communication flowing forward. This creates ongoing discussions and is another way to support the families.
“Overall, the result of this session, along with other intervention components, is that the caregiver moves toward gaining optimism, acceptance…and a realistic view of their child’s future,” writes a specialist.
Each specialist tailors strategies to help these children at their own pace and work well with the families.
To find a Families Moving Forward Specialist near you visit our Resource Directory here.
The names of the specialists are left anonymous to protect the families’ identities.