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.

July 2013, Vol. 2

MOFAS Summer Fun July 2013, Vol. 2

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – July 2013, Vol. 2
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New in the MOFAS world

Update on the MOFAS Diagnostic Clinic
Hear about the wonderful progress and work the diagnostic clinic has done since we opened our doors.

Honey I Shrunk Your Clothes
“The challenges of parents who are raising children affected by an FASD. It’s a delicate balance of education, frustration, insanity, and humor. It’s a one-day-at-a-time full time career and this will go down in the history books as a moment of our family life that is a hilarious one.”

FASD Basics Webinar
This free online training is for anyone interested in learning more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) including parents, professionals, and educators.

FASD Family Resource Coordinator (FRC)– Metro (Two Open Positions)
We are looking for two qualified caregivers from the metro area who are excited about offering real live support opportunities for families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). One contract position will serve families in Ramsey County. The other contract position will serve families in Dakota and Washington County.

Professional News

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Educational Achievement in Children Aged 8-9 Years
This study examines the relationships between the dose, pattern, and timing of prenatal alcohol exposure and achievement in reading, writing, spelling, and numeracy in children aged 8 to 9 years.

Tracking Genetic Signs of Fetal-Alcohol Disorder
Scientists at the University of Manitoba have just won a $1.3-million grant to find the genetic markers for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a brain injury caused by women who drink while pregnant that can condemn a child to a life of behavioural and cognitive problems.

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.

Family Support

Young Adult Panel Retreat- White Bear Lake
Enjoy a day at the pool for the MOFAS Young Adult Pannel Retreat. We’re looking to grow and nurture the Young Adult Panel; a group of teens and young adults that raise awareness about FASD and share their stories.

MOFAS Summer Family Park and Picnic Day- Blaine
Every Tuesday starting July 23, 2013 to August 27, 2013 from 6 PM – 8 PM
New location! 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 Tuesday at 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.

Summer Retreats

MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013- Brainerd
MOFAS Summer Family Retreat 2013 will happen this year in Brainerd, just 150 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, 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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