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
Time is Running Out!
The last day to register for our FASD matters conference is tomorrow, Friday November 8! Our conference is next week, Thursday and Friday, November 14-15. We have a great line up of presenters and exhibitors and can’t wait for you to join us. Register TODAY!
Health and Wellness Using Facebook
MOFAS has officially launched our Virtual Family Center private Facebook group. A group by parents for parents. Get instant notifications, share personal stories, and network with other Minnesota caregivers. For more information on how the Facebook platform works, click here.
Raising Adrian — My Own Experience with FASD in America
Helen Ramaglia concludes her five-part series on FASD published by The Chronicle of Social Change. “Today, I know that arming myself with the right information, education and tools, we can and will help guide Adrian to becoming the best [he] can be. The struggles are numerous and the climb constant. But with the right tools and support, I’m optimist we will prevail.”
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.
Breaking Barriers Symposium
November 9, 9:30AM-3:30PM
Julia Conkel Ziebell will be presenting, “Change the Environment Not the Child: FASD and Interventions for School Success” at the LDA Symposium.
Students: You Can Prevent FASD!- Cottage Grove
Students will learn about the basics of FASD and how to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure. This is a closed presentation.
FASD Training for Medical Providers- Hutchinson
November 20, 12-1PM
Dr. Caros will train Hutchinson Health medical providers. This is a closed presentation.
FASD, Trauma, and Problems of Sleep Training- St. Paul
December 20, 8:30AM-12:30PM
The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) would like to invite you and your staff to our training to explore the relationship between FASD, trauma and problems of sleep in an adolescent and adult population. For additional info contact Jerrod Brown at 651-734-5517 or Jerrodbaiafs@gmail.com
Fall Flavored Mocktails
Looking for some tasty non-alcoholic beverages? Check out our mocktails board on Pinterest for some great holiday treats.
Of Pregnancy Blues and Drinking Clues
Negativity during pregnancy linked to greater risk of light and binge drinking. Women experiencing depression, anxiety, or other feelings of negativity should discuss these emotions with their care provider.
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.
Health Related Breakout Sessions
Don’t forget to register for our FASD matters conference by Friday November 8. We will have a full plate of breakout sessions related to: FASD and sexuality, nutrition, chemical and mental health, FASD screening, overlapping characteristics, and executive functioning and FASD. Register TODAY!
Looking for Employment Services for Individuals with an FASD?
MOFAS will have grants with employment agencies starting in January that will help increase access to employment and other related services. If this is an unmet need for you or someone you know, contact Kendra Gludt, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, age of the person needing services, and contact information. She will contact you when the employment programs start next year. Suspected FASD is sufficient, a diagnosis of an FASD is not required.
“For both my children’s and my sake, I work on these strategies for staying healthy and when all else fails, get the chicken soup out and serve the entire family.”
The 4 Pillars of FASD Success- St. Paul
November 13, 6-9PM
Join Jeff Noble and other caregivers for a relaxing evening before the 2013 FASD matters conference, to connect and learn about how you can be a more successful caregiver. Jeff coaches caregivers of individuals with an FASD in how to apply “real life” strategies and techniques to obtain results.
YAAC: Art As You Like It- Waite Park
November 9, 10-11:30AM
Bring out your creativity and join other high-functioning young adults ages 14-24 for some glass fusion.
Where Do You Call Home?
November 12 at Southdale Library
November 18 at Brookdale Library
Does the adult with FASD in your life need better housing options? Consider attending one of the Individualized Housing Option Forums offered by ARC-GTC this month. For questions and more information contact The Arc Greater Twin Cities at 952-920-0855.