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
On one of my very busy mornings getting 5 kids ready for school and needing to get them on 4 different buses, I looked for my 5 year olds clothes that had been neatly laid out the night before.
The outfit had vanished into thin air without a trace. I thought maybe I was going crazy since I had just seen it lying there a minute before.
As I searched several rooms to no avail, I went about getting him a new outfit and headed to the kitchen for teeth brushing and the rest of our morning routine.
Lo and behold, there on my 11 year olds body was the 5 year olds clothes! Yep, he had super tight short shorts on and a shirt that looked like a crop top from the ‘70s. When I asked him why he was wearing his brother’s outfit he replied, “Well, you had this one out for me.” My reply, “No son, I have one up there in YOUR size.”
Oh my gosh, I could have been angry but it was too funny, the sight of this child in this teeny tiny outfit. The sad part of all of it was that he was unaware that it didn’t fit right nor did it look right. I asked him if it felt tight and why he didn’t notice the outfit was too small. He said it fit just fine and it was OK to wear to school. I had to explain that it did NOT fit well and did NOT look fine. Geez, I wonder how many comments he would have received wearing that to school, an 11 year old in a size 4/5 shirt and pants. 😮
And so it goes, the challenges of parents who are raising children affected by an FASD. It’s a delicate balance of education, frustration, insanity, and humor. It is a one-day-at-a-time full time career and this one will go down in the history books as a moment of our family life that is a hilarious one. Should have taken a picture……that’s my only regret on this one.