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.

October 2013, Vol. 1


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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – October 2013, Vol. 1
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Helping Them Succeed in School
Low light, soft colors on the walls, quiet and calming environment, constant repetition, these were some of the examples Mary Greene, author of When Rain Hurts, recommended that can help children with an FASD succeed in a classroom setting during our live chat.

Public Awareness Grant
Team up with MOFAS to plan and host a fun, informational event and make a difference by helping educate your community about the 049 message – zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy. MOFAS is offering companies, organizations, groups or individuals in the state of Minnesota up to a $2,000 grant to host a public awareness event in their community. Applications due November 1, 2013.

Education Track
The MOFAS FASD matters conference on Thursday and Friday, November 14-15, will have several breakout session tracks. One of them includes the Education Track. These sessions will highlight: The MOFAS Model for School Consultation on FASD, Bullying and the Impact on Mental Health, Roundtable Parenting: Conquering Team Challenges in Special Education, Change the Environment Not the Child: FASD Interventions in a School Setting, Know Your Rights: Disparities and School Discipline, and our Young Adult Panel: Outlook on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Registration is now open.

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.


Professional News


Grant Opportunities for Employment Based Agencies
MOFAS is offering employment based agencies in Minnesota the opportunity to help individuals with an FASD gain access to employment services by awarding grants up to $30,000 per agency. Applications due November 1, 2013.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Education Strategies
Working with Students with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Education System. This is a handbook intended to be helpful to all teachers who work with students who may have an FASD.

FASD Basics and Interventions Perspective- St. Paul
October 12, 10AM-12PM
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.

Webinar: Interventions for Educators Working with High School Students with an FASD
October 15, 12PM-1:30PM
Dr. Julia Conkel Ziebell, Ph.D, LP will provide a brief overview of prenatal alcohol exposure, and present emerging evidence based interventions to support high school students with an FASD. Certificates of attendance for teachers and CEUs for social workers are available.

Students: You Can Prevent FASD!- Sauk Rapids
Volunteer Speakers Bureau member, Jay Orth, will present to the Sauk Rapids-Rice Health Careers High School class.

FASD Information for Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures
October 22, 1PM-3PM
This presentation is organized by Bois Forte Human Services at the Bois Forte Tribal Government Center.

MOFAS Detroit Lakes Community Meeting
October 23, 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.

FASD From a Parents Perspective- Minneapolis
Speakers Bureau member, Doug Hadden will present information on FASD and his personal story to the Minneapolis Business Forum.

Women


MOFAS Detroit Lakes Community Meeting
October 23, 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.

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. Enter to win $100 in diapers, 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


Preschool Field Trip Heart Stopper
So my sweet 4 year old went on his first field trip with his preschool class. It was, shall I say, challenging for those who went with him.

After the Diagnosis: Tools & Tips for FASD Featuring a Young Adult Panel
Jeanne Ketola will share a tool from the Families Moving Forward Program to help the parents shift their approach in dealing with challenging behaviors and therefore helping their child succeed. This interactive program will not be just theory but real life situations.

Raising Children with an FASD
A quick tip sheet to help parents raising children with an FASD along with many resources.

Developmental Skills Timeline
With most kids with an FASD, we should cut their age in half, and that is often the age they are functioning in most areas. Imagine sending a 9 year old into the real world with little to no support…Take this into consideration while they are learning in school.

 

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