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.

August 2013, Vol. 2

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – August 2013, Vol. 1
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Emily Oster’s Alcohol and Pregnancy Advice is Deeply Flawed and Harmful
NOFAS is outraged by Emily Oster’s deeply flawed and harmful advice about alcohol and pregnancy in her book, “Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnany Wisdom Is Wrong-and What You Really Need to Know.” She is not only falsely claims that drinking wine during pregnancy is fine, she actively encourages pregnant women to drink alcohol.
Read the MOFAS Staff Blog about the book and along with misleading sources.

Register Now for the MOFAS Golf Classic
The 6th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic hosted by Governor Arne and Susan Carlson is Friday, September 13 at Majestic Oaks Golf Club. Enjoy golf, dinner, and fun contests. Click here to register.

State Fair- St. Paul
Come visit MOFAS on Friday, August 30 at Carousel Park. We want to educate those about prenatal alcohol exposure. To do this, we’ll have an interactive game, give out MOFAS goodies, and have a great time at the fair.

Join the MOFAS Book Club
Lets celebrate Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness month of September. Join MOFAS as we read When Rain Hurts by Mary Greene. A memoir about her dreams of motherhood and the reality of life with an adopted child suffering from an FASD. We hope to bring FASD out of the shadows and create mainstream awareness for this permanent, yet 100% preventable disability. Then come October we will have a live chat with author Mary Greene. Click here to purchase the book at at MOFAS discount price.

MOFAS Community Meetings
Come learn about a recent statewide survey on women’s knowledge, views and experiences regarding alcohol use and pregnancy. Share feedback, discuss strategies, and learn aobut how to improve health messages, funding opportunities for programs that address areas of concern, and policy and legislative impact. Find a meeting in your area.

2013 FASD matters conference: exploring the spectrum
Registration is now open for the FASD matters conference that will be held Thursday and Friday, November 14-15, at the Minneapolis Marriott NW. Breakout sessions have just been announced. Download our program to find out more.

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

Criminal Justice Institute Conference- St. Paul
MOFAS will be exhibiting at the 2013 Criminal Justice Institute Conference at the St. Paul River Centre on Monday, August 26, from 8:30AM-5PM

Interventions for Educators Working with Elementary School Students with an FASD- Webinar
Tuesday, August 27, 12-1:30PM
Dr. Julia Conkel Ziebell, Ph.D, LP will provide a brief overview of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on cognitive, social, and behavioral functioning in school-age children. She will present emerging evidence based interventions to support elementary students with an FASD. Registration is required.

Hiring Psychometrist for FASD Clinic
MOFAS is seeking a qualified psychometrist for its fetal alcohol spectrum disorders clinic on a contract basis.

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

The ABC’s of Back to School With an FASD
Share Kari Fletcher’s alphabet as we prepare to go back to school.

H.O.R.S.E: Child/Parent Skills Sessions for FASD- Blaine
The new session starts in September: a 10 week Child/Parent Skills Sessioin for FASD that focuses on social skills and self regulation.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Services- Brookston
Residential Services, Inc (RSI) is pleased to annouce that, through a grant from MOFAS, they are expanding services to the FASD and Mental Health Community which will now include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.

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

Living with FASD 2013 Summit
A 12 day resource for families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This telesummit starts September 9-20th.

FASD Social Skills Training Program- St. Paul
Lifetrack Resources is offering a 12-week social skills program for youth ages 9-12 on the fetal alcohol spectrum. This program includes the Children’s Friendship Training and Strong Kids Curriculum.

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