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: Lisa Friesenhahn
I’m not sure where the lazy days of summer came from but I’m not sipping lemonade in my hammock.
With kids at home who need tons of EXTRA supervision, I have donned the SuperMom cape and I’m trying to keep up.
It’s so interesting to hear parents with ‘typical’ kids talk about their struggles with their children, I just can’t relate half the time, UNLESS I am talking to parents who have children with special needs.
Parents of children with special needs can be:
* Disheveled looking? Yes, we have every right to be. We have groomed our children throughout the day or all day long for that matter, who has time for your own appearance. 😉
* Stressed out? You betcha. When your kid is finally quiet and you found out the reason why is because they flooded the bathroom, you have a right to be stressed out.
* Zoned out? Yep, we may have the look of a daydreamer. Our mind has given us an escape route so we can visualize being somewhere, anywhere else but where we are at the moment. It’s a coping mechanism, let us be.
* Wiped out? Lack of sleep or naps can make a person look like something barely alive and kicking. Offer us an Iced Expresso, it may just perk us up.
* Wired? So, that brings me to our drug of choice, which very well could be caffeine. I’ve known many a good, kind, conscientious parent addicted to coffee or coca-cola. Don’t hold it against us, we do need to function. If I talk really fast and act perky, it’s the caffeine… or it could be my bubbly personality, LOL?! You’ll never know.
* Tapped out? Of course, even the most creative, intelligent people aren’t always ‘on their game.’ If we run out of fresh idea’s to entertain our troops, it’s no surprise.
* Exhibit poor problem solving skills? You can’t blame us. We have used a plethora of tool-kits to smooth family dynamics out and improve family functioning, frequently with minimal results.
* Speak in a different language? We become experts on our children’s diagnoses and needs and we learn loads of acronyms that would impress many in the medical and mental health community albeit confuse the general population.
I’m sure many of you can relate to the above and how we may look or present ourselves to others. The beauty of it is that we, as fellow parents with challenging children, understand each other and can meet each other where we are at.
As much as I’d love to drink lemonade in my hammock and look like I’ve got it all together, truth is, I’m sometimes just holding on by a hair and a prayer, and the reality is, sometimes that’s good enough for me. Come sip some lemonade with me and I won’t make any judgments on how you look or where you are at mentally. We are in the same boat and for now, it’s still afloat.