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.

May, 2013 Vol. 2

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – May 2013, Vol. 2
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FASD matters: exploring the spectrum by: Sara Messelt
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.
Find more information on our conference, CLICK HERE>>>

Are individuals with an FASD falling through the cracks? Lets prove it.
The following survey is designed to take a snapshot of what’s working and lacking in Minnesota for individuals with an FASD. Your participation is critical and much appreciated. Please share your experience to help us identify health coverage, employment and benefit barriers for individuals with an FASD. Effective programs and services shouldn’t be a secret or hard to access. Our children and families deserve effective and accessible programs that create opportunities and support.
Please take our survey, CLICK HERE>>>

6th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic
Now that spring has finally arrived we have kicked off planning for the 6th Annual MOFAS golf classic. Mark your calendars now for Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake, Minnesota. MOFAS is looking for committee members who would be excited to help recruit golfers and secure sponsorships. By joining us in this work, you can help give Minnesota children the best start in life by helping to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol and supporting people living with the challenge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
For more information, contact Sara Messelt, Executive Director sara@mofas.org


Resources for Women

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

Wanted: Healthy Native Babies!- Minneapolis
May 18, 2013 9 AM – 4 PM

OH Baby 2013- Mankato
May 23, 2013 10 AM – 12 PM


Professional News


Metro Crisis Coordination Training- Chanhassen
There will be two sessions and these will be offered over a 4 week period alternating a day time session and an evening session. These sessions will be about 2 hours and will include a meal and childcare will be paid up to $25 with proof of service.
To view evening trainings, CLICK HERE>>>
To view morning trainings, CLICK HERE>>>

Call for Presenters and Exhibitors
We have put out a call for presentations and exhibitors for the 2013 FASD matters conference: exploring the spectrum. 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. Last year there were incredible breakout speakers, amazing keynotes, and excellent exhibit area. We would like you to join us.

Family Support


May VFC Chats
Each week, an expert in the field will lead an interactive chat for parents and caregivers of children affected by an FASD.

Young Adults Activity Club (YAAC)
Come check out what YAAC is doing this month!

How to Ask the Tough Questions: Screening for Prenatal Alcohol Exposure- St. Cloud
This training focuses on younger children of interest.

FASD Social Skills Training Program
Using effective social skills programs including the Children’s friendship Training and the Strong Kids Curriculum, we offer an 8 week occupational therapy clinic for children on (or suspected to be on) the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum who need help with social and self-regulation skills.
To find out more, CLICK HERE>>>

Metro Crisis Coordination Programs
Metro Crisis Coordination Program is a recipient of a Community Grant from MOFAS. This will provide training and support to families, caregivers (Residential and DT&H) as well as school teachers. They will also have Social Skills Groups for individuals with an FASD.
For dates and times for Social Skills Groups, CLICK HERE>>>
Metro Crisis Coordination Program would like to offer a support group. For those interested in the support group please contact Karen van Rooyen

Living With the Challenges of FASD: Five-Week Series- St. Paul
Pathways Counseling Inc. and MOFAS are pleased to host Living With the Challenges of FASD: Five-Week Series. Freed education series for adults affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Caregivers, family members, and professionals are also welcome.

Help! I’m Caring For My Relative’s Children! What Do I Need To Do?
Options for relatives or friends caring for other’s children. Learn about: benefits of relative caregiving, financial and medical benefits, legal options- third party custody, adoption, and more!
To find out more, CLICK HERE>>>

MARN Conference on Children and Traum
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.

MOFAS Summer Family Park and Picnic Day- Blaine
Every Wednesday starting June 5, 2013 to August 30, 2013 from 6 PM – 8 PM
All MOFAS families are invited to the Summer Park and Picnic events, everyone is invited to meet together for fun and support. Join us every Wednesday at Blaine Aquatore Park. Let’s keep the support flowing throughout our summer!

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.

Retreats


MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013
MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013 will take place in Brainerd, just 150 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. We have collaborated with Confidence Learning Center to provide a safe and fun weekend experience.

Birth/Kinship Family Retreat 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, all planned with the needs of individuals with an FASD in mind.
For dates and times, CLICK HERE>>>
To register for the retreat, CLICK HERE>>>

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