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. 2

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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

Welcome Our New NE Area Family Resource Coordinator Joanne Coffin-Langdon
Joanne and her partner live in Duluth, MN where she is a professor at UMD in the department of education. They are busy parents with eight children ranging from 5-26 years old. Five of their children were adopted out of foster care, here in Minnesota, four have an FASD. Raising her family has been the greatest reward and her greatest challenge! Joanne can’t wait to connect with other families who have children with an FASD! “This will be a wonderful journey of exchanging information and helping each other.”

CNN: Why Are More Women Drinking?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more American women are drinking omre heavily than ever before: one in eight women binge drink — defined as four drinks or more in one sitting — about three times a month.

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

Internship Opportunity 2013-2014
Unpaid internship, 20 – 40 hours per week through 2013-14 school year, Fall semester. To apply send resume to Sue Terwey 2233 University Ave W Suite 395 St. Paul, MN 55114

Professional News

Could Novel Drug Treat Autism and Fetal Alcohol Disorder?
In a surprising new finding, a Northwestern Medicine® study has found a common molecular vulnerability in autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Both disorders have symptoms of social impairment and originate during brain development in utero.

Video of Webinar: FASD Intervention Strategies, Part I by: Susan Doctor, PhD.
A Global Approach to Interventions Appropriate to a Person with an FASD. Dr. Susan Doctor discusses strategies that she calls “global” intervention strategies. She spells out the rationale for and value of each global strategy as applied to the provision of appropriate supports for the individual with an FASD.

Anti-smoking Medication Shows Promise for Treating Alcohol Dependence
“A study found that varenicline (marketed under the name Chantix), approved in 2006 to help people stop smoking, significantly reduced alcohol consumption and craving among people who are alcohol-dependent. The findings were published online in the Journal of Addicition Medicine.”

Modifying Approaches When Working with Individuals with an FASD Training- Moorhead
This free training, with a MOFAS presenter, is for anyone interested in learning more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including parents, professionals, and educators. Participants will gain a basic understanding of FASD, explore how alcohol affects the developing brain, and discuss strategies and techniques for helping someone who is affected by an FASD.

Call for Exhibitors
We have put out a call for 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.

Resources for Women

Join MOFAS at this upcoming community event to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy:

Mocktail Mania- Eden Prairie
Saturday July 20, 1-3 PM

Family Support

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. 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!

Growing Up Class: Just for Boys
MOFAS understands that many of those with an FASD will have challenges in the are of sexuality. in order to develop “protective factors,” we are offering a “class” to support boys and their caregivers as they go through early stages of puberty. The “class” will open up discussion content for caregivers to further address the topic with their sons.

Creating Your Family Portrait- Minneapolis
Join us for an exciting 4 part series for teens living with an FASD (or suspected FASD) and their relative or caregiver. The first 3 sessions focus on creating art in a supportive environment. The final session will be an Art Show of everyone’s Family Portraits.

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.

Summer 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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