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.
By: Alexa McIndoe, firstname.lastname@example.org
As we tie up our Back to School theme, we would like to share how important the 049 message (zero alcohol for nine months) is as a part of educating people on the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. You’ve seen our baby onesies, chapsticks, coasters, buttons, and more. You’ve probably seen us at a local baby expo, a baby shower, or some type of community event. All of these are possible because MOFAS educates people about the 049 message on multiple platforms.
MOFAS attends public awareness events throughout the year. Recently we were at the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo with over 90 exhibitors. This is a great way of reaching out to share the 049 message with families, parents-to-be, and professionals. This event was held at a school and I had the opportunity to meet several pregnant teachers. One of the teachers suspects some of her students might have an FASD, and she has been able to cater her teaching for these students because she was trained on FASD. Not all teachers have had this training and with MOFAS resources we can help educate teachers on how to work with their students. Find more about our trainings here.
Every year MOFAS offers Public Awareness Grants up to $2,000 to non-profits, government agencies, schools or educational institutes, and or tribal councils. This is an opportunity for communities to host their own public awareness event, whether it is a booth at an expo, an event at a school, or some type of social gathering, creativity is up to you. The highlight of the event is the 049 message and educating people on FASD and the dangers of drinking while pregnant. Believe it or not, there are women who still drink alcohol during pregnancy. With these public awareness events we join with local communities and support zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy. If you are interested in our Public Awareness Grant find more here.
We also love to share the 049 message at baby showers. If you haven’t heard, we offer free MOFAS goodies for baby showers. Our onesies, chapsticks, coasters, buttons, and more, are great ways to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies. On average we have about five requests for a Baby Shower Bonus, with an average of 40 guests per shower, over the span of a year, we reach 2,400 people at these baby showers that receive the 049 message. Let us know if you would like a Baby Shower Bonus.
Education on FASD is an ongoing process. One of the best opportunities to learn more is the FASD Matters Conference held November 14-15 at the Minneapolis Marriott. This is a wonderful opportunity for families, professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about FASD. Immerse yourself in learning, problem solving, and discussing the latest information and useful tools in the field of FASD and help continue education on FASD. Register today.