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. 2

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – September 2013, Vol. 2
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The Short Bus Kid
“In my world with children on the fetal alcohol spectrum, everyday brings new events and challenges. Hope is something I must hang on to. Hope, and the support from other ‘short bus kids’ parents whom I am proud to call my friends.”

Thank You
The 6th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who was involved and helped make this event happen. Read our recap of our event, tag yourself in our photos on FaceBook, and thank you to our wonderful sponsors.

Are You Celebrating 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. “Like” us on Facebook and follow our discussion about the book all month long. Then come October we will have a live chat with author Mary Greene. Click here to purchase the book at at MOFAS discount price.

What Do Women Really Think About Drinking During Pregnancy?
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.

Paid Internship
This position is a paid internship, beginning in the fall of 2013 and ending in the spring of 2014. The intern will report to the Senior Grants Coordinator and will assist in the evaluation of community-based MOFAS programs focused on FASD prevention and supportive systems across the state.

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.

Professional News

Funding Opportunities
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) for our Public Awareness Grant Program.

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.

MACMHP, Inc. Conference- Duluth
September 25-September 26 from 8AM-4PM
MOFAS will be exhibiting at the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) Inc. Conference. The Circle of Hope Birth Mother Panel will present “Circle of Hope” on Wednesday afternoon.

MOFAS St. Cloud Community Meeting
September 26, 11AM-1PM
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.

Effective Interventions Working with Patients with an FASD- St. Peter
September 27, 9-11AM
This two hour session will be held at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter.

MOFAS Speakers Bureau Orientation Training- Brainerd
September 30, 10:30AM-1:30PM
The MOFAS Speakers Bureau invites you to a free training and seminar. This is 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.

MOFAS Rochester Community Meeting
October 10, 11AM-1PM
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.

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


What Do Women Really Think About Drinking During Pregnancy?
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 Book Club: Live Chat with Mary Greene
October 3, 12-1PM (CT)
Author of “When Rain Hurts,” Mary Greene will join MOFAS in a live chat about her book. During September FASD Awareness Month, MOFAS invited others to join our book club and read Greene’s book to bring FASD out of the shadows and create more awareness.

Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo- Minneapolis
October 12, 10AM-3PM
Join MOFAS on Saturday October 12, for the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo in Minneapolis at Burroughs School. Get some free MOFAS goodies and help share the 049 message- zero alcohol for nine months.

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


Family Support and Activities Flyer
Formerly known as the MOFAS Program Guide. Our flyer has been revamped and updated to include all the upcoming family support and activities for fall 2013. As we do have new events that come up, we encourage you to reference the MOFAS Calendar for recent updates.

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

MOFAS St. Cloud Community Meeting
September 26, 11AM-1PM
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.

YAAC: Pizza and Games- Waite Park
September 27, 6-7:30PM
For high-functioning young adults ages 14-24 who are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders throughout MN. *Participants are encouraged to attend with a PCA or friend.

Hand in Hand Series
The Hand in Hand Series is a recommended first step for families to explore the spectrum of this disorder and identify strategies that promote success. This is an opportunity for caregivers of children who have received or suspect an FASD diagnosis to come together and learn about FASD in an informal and supportive setting.

Let’s Connect- Fergus Falls
October 7, 6:30-8:30PM
Join with other parents and caregivers raising children prenatally exposed to alcohol for an evening of support and networking. Meet your regional Family Resource Coordinator from MOFAS and learn about ways that MOFAS can support you.

YAAC Adventure and Support Series- Metro
October 10, 5:30-7PM
Dr. Michael Harris and Marissa Lang (MOFAS Staff) will co-facilitate a series of 5 fun activities in a safe and therapeutic environment for individuals ages 16-21. Each activity will incorporate a shared meal, physical or sensory activity and discussion with a focus on self regulation in order to support effective participation.

MOFAS Rochester Community Meeting
October 10, 11AM-1PM
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.

YAAC: Art As You Like It- Waite Park
October 12, 10-11:30AM
For high-functioning young adults ages 14-24 who are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders throughout Minnesota. *Participants are encouraged to attend with a PCA or friend.

FASD Basics and Interventions from a Parent Perspective- St. Paul
October 12, 10AM-12PM
MOFAS Speakers Bureau member, Maria Tripeny, will provide FASD basics and intervention strategies to include dynamic stories, to an on-going parent group at Children’s Home Society/Lutheran Social Services.

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.

Family Retreat

Fall Family Retreat- Brainerd
October 17-October 20
This camp weekend is open to families living with an FASD. All activities and experiences are planned with the needs of individuals with an FASD in mind at the Confidence Learning Center in Brainerd.

 

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