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.
New in the MOFAS World
Continuing 049 Education
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.
MOFAS Mobile Friendly
MOFAS is in the beginning stages of creating our site (mofas.org) into a mobile friendly site. We would like to know how your experience is on our site from your mobile device and what improvements you would like.
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.
Exploring the Spectrum
The MOFAS FASD matters conference is fast approaching, Thursday and Friday, November 14-15. How can we address the complexities and multifaceted nature of FASD prevention? How can we work together to move FASD from the shadows to create a spectrum of supports for better outcomes for individuals and families impacted by an FASD? Our keynote speakers Sterling Clarren, MD, and Kari Fletcher will explain in their sessions. Register TODAY!
The Chronicle of Social Change
A five-part series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders by Helen Ramaglia, a foster alumni who became a foster/adoptive parent. Read her third installment about FASD and the criminal justice system. Did you know the annual cost to the US of FAS alone in direct and indirect costs is $5.4 Billion?
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Educational Strategies
This highlights strategies for educators on giving instructions, arranging the environement, transition planning, helping the child retrieve information, sequence problems, retaining information, and creating an FASD-friendly environment for the student.
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.
Grant for American Indian Communities
MOFAS is awarding grants up to $60,000 per agency to fund programs in MN that are specific to the American Indian communities. Community meetings are being held around the state to discuss the grant opportunity. There is also a pre-proposal conference call if you are unable to make it to a community meeting. The conference call will be on Monday Oct. 28th from 12:00 – 1:00, register here.
MN Program Sharing Conference- St. Cloud
October 24-25, 8AM-5PM
MOFAS will be exhibiting and Pam Chmielewski, FRC, will present “FASD The Real Deal, Imitators and What Lies Ahead” on Friday, Oct 25 from 10:15-11:30AM.
MARRCH 44th Annual Chemical Health Conference
MOFAS will be exhibiting at the 2013 MARRCH Chemical Health Conference in Duluth, MN on October 29-31, 2013.
Student Presentation- Anoka
October 30, 10:30-11AM
Student presentation at Ankoa/Hennepin School District Teen Pregnancy Program.
Student Presentation- Chaska
November 1, 9-9:55AM
Student presentation at New Beginnings, District 930.
FASD Basics for High School Students- Woodbury
November 4, 7:30AM-1PM
Student presentation for East Ridge High School.
MOFAS Webinar: FASD Basics
November 7, 12-1PM
This is a basic 101 training geared toward a variety of audiences including professionals, parents, students, educators, etc.
If You Missed It
A recording of our live chat with author of When Rain Hurts Mary Greene is now available on our website. Hear her recommendations to help students with an FASD succeed in school. Feel free to share and comment.
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.
7 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Wandering at Your Child’s School
A follow up to the last e-newsletter on the story of a child taking off during a school field trip. These steps are a resource from Autism Speaks that could overlap with other wandering children.
YAAC Adventure and Support Series- St. Paul
October 24, 5:30-7PM
Michael Harris and Marissa Lang will co-facilitate the YAAC Adventure and Support Series. Join them for rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors.
Fall Family Fun Event: Fall Potluck Picnic- St. Cloud
October 26, 2013, 11AM-2PM
MOFAS will provide Sloppy Joes, paper products, and lemondae. Just bring a dish to share with approximately 30 people. Come in costume, play Bingo, and make a Halloween craft!
Adult Support Group- St. Paul
October 30, 10-11AM
Through a variety of weekly topics, we will talk about the everyday challenges of living with FASD in this adult support group.
Growing Up Class- Expansion in Anoka
The Village Ranch Child and Family Services will be offering therapy and support groups for both male and female teens with an FASD.