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.
Because we have had an incredibly long winter, I know we are all ready to jump into real spring and summer weather. And hopefully, November seems a long ways off, but we really want you to put these dates on your calendar: November 14 and 15. We’ll all come together those days for the 2013 FASD matters conference: exploring the spectrum.
We heard from many of you who attended last year that you could have listened to Dr. Sterling Clarren all day. Well, he will be back by popular demand again this year. It is going to be exciting to hear one of the leading international experts in the field give us an up-to-the-minute research update. When he returns to our conference in November he will have literally traveled the world and will be able to give us a first-hand report on all the latest developments in FASD research.
We are already planning for incredible breakout “tracks”, lots of time for networking, and a fabulous showcase of resources. We have put out a call for presentations this year because we know the field is growing by leaps and bounds and that there are lots of folks doing innovative work. We want to make sure we aren’t missing anything that we all can learn from.
For me last year, even with all the incredible breakout speakers, amazing keynotes, and excellent exhibit area, my favorite part was being in the same space with 350 people who are impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It was a powerful experience to connect with so many people who all truly care about FASD—exploring how we can prevent and how we can work together to support those living with this disability so they can have productive and successful lives. And even though I am ready to be done with snow for a few months, I can’t wait until we all come together again in November. Please join us.