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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Misinformation persists about drinking alcohol during pregnancy
St. Paul, MN – 6/24/13
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is concerned that the most recent study from Britain which says the children of mothers who drank ‘moderately’(defined as 3-7 drinks per week) in pregnancy actually grew up to have better balance than those who abstained, gives women a mixed message. “Studies like these are misleading to pregnant women and only places doubt in the minds of moms-to-be about the actual risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy” states MOFAS Executive Director Sara Messelt. “There is a 40-year history of research that definitely shows that prenatal alcohol exposure can cause brain abnormalities. No wonder women are confused.”
Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak, co-director at the University of MN FASD Center works daily with families impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure. “Research is clear that damage can happen even with a single exposure if the amount and timing is right,” states Dr. Wozniak, Ph.D. “Every mother-fetus combination is different in their risk factors for how alcohol will affect the fetus. This one study that did not find a result may make an interesting headline, but it is ridiculous to ignore the hundreds of other studies that clearly show effects”.
Every year in Minnesota, 8,500 babies are born affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. The invisible signs and symptoms of FASD can include attention deficits, memory deficits, hyperactivity, poor problem solving skills, poor judgment, poor impulse control, and confused social skills. The lifetime cost per individual can be as high as $2.9 million. Currently the costs associated with FASD cost Minnesotans $131 million a year to support families and individuals with this disorder. Yet, it is 100% preventable. As a community, we can help prevent FASD by supporting women in not drinking during pregnancy. We all pay for FASD. We all win when it is prevented.
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Since 1998, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has been the hub of hope for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), guiding and supporting families through the FASD journey. MOFAS is the leading voice and resource on FASD statewide, standing up for the rights of the FASD community, providing education and training so FASD is better understood and working to ensure that all women know that there is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy. For more information go to mofas.org.
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