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.

June, 2013 Vol. 1

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – June 2013, Vol. 1
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New in the MOFAS world


Themes
MOFAS is introducing our new themes by kicking off our Summer Fun theme. The following will highlight fun new things that are related to summer. Enjoy!

MOFAS Calendar
We now have a convienent MOFAS Calendar icon along with all our other social media sites available. If you haven’t followed us yet, please do.

If Drinking Starts at Puberty, It’s More Likely to Lead to Alcohol Problems
A person who starts drinking between age 11 and 14, for example, has a 16% chance of becoming an alcoholic 10 years later, while the odds are just 1% for someone who starts at 19 or older, according to one large study.

6th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic
Friday, September 13, 2013– What better way is there to enjoy summer than playing golf with friends? The 6th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic will be here sooner than you think.
For more information, contact Sara Messelt, Executive Director sara@mofas.org

Professional News

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.

Webinar: Quality of Life and Health Promotion for Persons with Intellectual Disability
Join The Arc for a special webinar featuring a team from APHA’s Disability Section Executive Council. Each topic will focus on improving the quality of life for those with intellectual disabilities.

Family Support


Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:00pm– Young Adult Activity Club (YAAC) invites you to the St. Paul Saints Ballgame!

FASD Social Skills Training Program
Using effective social skills programs in cluding 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.

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

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!

A Fabulous Family Event- Minneapolis
Sunday June 23 at 2 PM
4Keeps invites you to join them on a Sightseeing Cruise on the Mississippi River. Reservation deadline is June 10.

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- Brainerd
MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013 will happen twice this year in Brainerd, just 150 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, choose June 28-July 1 or July 26-29.

MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013- Stewartville
August 30-September 1, 2013- MOFAS Family Retreat will take place at Ironwood Springs in Stewartville, MN.

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.

  

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