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. 1

 

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – May 2013, Vol. 1
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New at MOFAS


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.

Internship Opportunity 2013-2014
MOFAS is in need of an intern for the 2013-2014 school year. This would be 20-40 hours per week. Click on the link to learn more and apply for this internship.

Resources for Women


Join MOFAS at this fun upcoming community event to celebrate a healthy, alcohol-free pregnancy:
12th Annual Community Baby Shower- New Ulm
May 11, 2013 10 AM – 12 PM


Professional News


Free Online Training – FASD The Basics
May 9, 2013 12 PM – 1 PM
This free online training with a MOFAS presenter is for anyone interested in learning more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) including parents, professionals and educators. Participants will gain a basic understanding of FASD, explore how alcohol affects the developing brain, and discuss strategies for helping someone who is affected by an FASD.
To register, CLICK HERE >>>

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

 

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!

Speaker Series: Helping Children Help Themselves- Coon Rapids
May 11, 2013 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Speaker, 12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch and New Friendships
Popular speaker and author Rebecca Kajander is an award-winning nurse practitioner who has helped hundreds of children learn skills to self-manage pain, anxiety, sleep problems, and emotional outbursts caused by ADHD, autism and other special needs. She will share practical tips that will help parents help their children improve their own well-being.

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 Training, CLICK HERE>>>
For dates and times for Social Skills Groups, CLICK HERE>>>

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.

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.


MARN Conference on Children and Trauma
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.

 

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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