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.

September 2013, Vol. 1

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – September 2013, Vol. 1
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Celebrate September FASD Awareness Month
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.

60 FASD Day Ideas
International FASD Awareness Day arrives on the 9th month on the 9th hour on the 9th minute as a moment of silence in thought of persons with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Provided here are 60 ways you can celebrate FASD Awareness Day.

It’s Not Too Late
It’s not too late to be a part of the 6th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic hosted by Governor Arne and Susan Carlson. Spend Friday, September 13 with MOFAS at Majestic Oaks Golf Club. Sign up today as a single player or register a foursome. Come play to prevent FASD–the most preventable social issue we face today. Click here to register.

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 about 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.

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 about 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.

MOFAS Baby Shower Bonus
Are you having a baby shower thrown for you, or planning one for a friend? We want to help celebrate and send you free goodies for the shower! Send MOFAS a copy of the invitation, the number of guest you expect, and where to send the goodies.

Professional News

2014 Public Awareness Grant Open for Applicants
MOFAS is offering companies, organizations, groups or individuals in Minnesota up to a $2,000 grant for 2014 to help educate communities about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  

Interventions for Educators Working with Middle School Students with an FASD- Webinar
September 17, 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 middle school students with an FASD. Certificates of attendance for teachers and CEUs for social workers are available.

Effective Interventions Working with Patients with an FASD- St. Peter
September 17, 9-11AM
This two hour session will be held at Minnesota Security Hospital

Bethany Professional’s Live Chat
September 17, 12-1PM
A chat session about FASD for professionals.

MOFAS Speakers Bureau Orientation- Metro
September 18, 10:30AM-1:30PM
A free training and seminar. An excellent opportunity to get resources and tools to share in the community and build relationships in Minnesota to raise awareness about FASD. This orientation will feature parent and expert, Kari Fletcher, who will talk about the Art of Story Telling to make sure you are ready to share your FASD message in the community.

FASD Basics and Interventions- Otsego
September 18, 6-8PM
Training Manager Stephanie Kolari and Dr. Julia Conkel Ziebell, Ph. D, LP will provide basic FASD information and interventions to Accurate Home Care staff.

Seeing the Hidden Disability and Improving Outcomes for Students Affected by an FASD- Plymouth
September 19, 2-4PM
This interactive session uses video case studies to identify specific characteristics in each child. A facilitated discussion follows on interventions and strategies that may circumvent challenges in the classroom to improve outcomes.

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

Minnesota Perinatal Conference- Breezy Point
September 19, 8:30AM-5PM
MOFAS will be exhibiting at the 2013 Minnesota Perinatal Conference in Breezy Point.

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.

Women


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 about 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.

MOFAS Baby Shower Bonus
Are you having a baby shower thrown for you, or planning one for a friend? We want to help celebrate and send you free goodies for the shower! Send MOFAS a copy of the invitation, the number of guest you expect, and where to send the goodies.

Family Support

“Dear Teacher…I have FASD”

“FASD means that my brain is not like the other kids. It is wired a little differently and I have to find my way of learning. I have to learn how to learn.” A beautiful letter by Ann Kagarise.

Support Groups
School is back in session and so are our support groups. MOFAS offers a wide range of support groups for families, caregivers, birth mothers and everyone in between. View the MOFAS calendar to find a support group in your area.

Bethany Families Live Chat
September 17, 7-8PM
A chat session about FASD for families.

Operation Valley Challenge- Oak Park Heights
September 21, 9:15AM
To benefit the St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks Special Olympics Team. A race where teams solve 10 clues while discovering the city of Oak Park Heights and racing for prizes.

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

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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