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.
By: Carolyn Strnad
Ever feel like as a parent, you are constantly walking a tight rope? One misstep and you fall! And your child falls with you. As a mom of seven, I know that the parenting never ends regardless of the age of the child, nor is there an end to worrying. The difference between my “typical” adult children and my children with an FASD is the decision making. My typical adult children require some advising from time to time. Sometimes I let them initiate the need for input and sometimes I just give them the input without them asking! I give advice, they make the decision, they deal with the consequences, negative or positive. But for our daughter who is under our guardianship, the decision making is part of the day to day living and that’s where the tight rope comes in. Where do I need to guard her closely so that she is safe and successful and where do I let go, knowing that she may fall or suffer the consequences. Our daughter is higher functioning then many of her roommates at the group home and she doesn’t like that. She wants to be on her own. The problem is her co-occurring mental illness that causes her to make some choices that put her in harms way or others at risk of being harmed by her raging. Every decision I make is a balancing act between giving her some freedom as she gets older and keeping her safe from others who may take advantage of her. It’s a question of am I giving her an opportunity to grow or stifling her with protection. Can a balance be struck between the two so I can keep walking the tight rope without falling? By the way, I am afraid of heights!