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.

December 2013, Vol 1

MOFAS Health and Wellness

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – December 2013, Vol. 1
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Celebration of Life Set for Brad Wing
At his core, Brad was a teacher. He taught all of us so much about respect, compassion, and what it really meant to make a difference in the lives of people living with an FASD. A Celebration of Life for Brad Wing will be held Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 1-4PM at North Education Center, 5530 Zealand Avenue North, New Hope, MN. For more information please contact sara@mofas.org.

Lego Helps Children with Mental Disabilities Improve Social Skills
“It naturally re-enforces social behaviour. Because they have this affinity for Lego, because they love playing with it, they have to cooperate, they have to work with one another in order to build something and accomplish something.”

Joe’s Journey
Joe, a 10 year old fifth grader, is getting an FASD Service Dog. “A FASD Service Dog would allow me to remain medication free, give me some independence by being my “external brain” sometimes, and a dog could comfort me, calm me, keep me safe and play with me.”

Holiday Shopping Online?
You shop. Amazon gives. Shop through AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to MOFAS. 

Tickets to ONCE 5% Off
Join us Sunday, April 6, 2014 for a wonderful reception at Graves 601 Hotel, Minneapolis. After the reception we will all head over to the Orpheum Theater to see the Tony-Award winning play ONCE. Purchase your tickets between now and December 31, 2013 and you will receive a 5% discount (Use promo code ONCE when making purchase).

Virtual Community Meeting- Webinar
December 11, 11:30AM-12:30PM
Are you interested in learning about the recent statewide study on women’s beliefs and behaviors regarding alcohol use and pregnancy? If so, please join us for a FREE webinar that sheds light on why some women in MN continue to take the risk of drinking during pregnancy.

Professional News


Recognizing FASD-Related Speech and Language Deficits in Internationally Adopted Children
Despite all the available research, very limited information exists for parents and professionals regarding how alcohol-related speech and language deficits manifest in children. This article will provide an overview of how prenatal alcohol exposure affects social, communicative, and cognitive development. It will explain by whom alcohol-related deficits are diagnosed as well as which professionals can help create a comprehensive remediation plan for a child diagnosed with them.

FASD and the Impact on Law and Policing- Webinar
December 10, 12-1PM
David Boulding is a practicing attorney and has written extensively about Fetal Alcohol and the Law, and spoken to police forces and other audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Philippines. David’s presentation will focus on a clinical and working analysis of defining Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  He will also discuss how to identify an individual with an FASD and how lawyers, judges, police, probation, and corrections can better understand the consequences of the disorder and the ethical issues raised by this preventable disorder.  He will also provide some practical solutions and pointers to a complex problem.

Trauma and the Developing Brain- Webinar
December 12, 12-1PM

Karina Forrest-Perkins, MHR LADC is the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. When children are subjected to trauma or toxic stress, their brain development is disrupted.  This session addresses how the brain is intended to develop, the impact of toxic stress on the brain, the impact on behavior, protective factors that help prevent child maltreatment, why prevention is the most caring strategy for our society, what we can do collectively and individually, and where to find resources.

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

 

Women


Virtual Community Meeting- Webinar
December 11, 11:30AM-12:30PM
Are you interested in learning about the recent statewide study on women’s beliefs and behaviors regarding alcohol use and pregnancy? If so, please join us for a FREE webinar that sheds light on why some women in MN continue to take the risk of drinking during pregnancy.

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


FASD and Background History Collection: Asking the Right Questions
A composited list which caregivers and professionals can ask when attempting to ascertain the potential risk factors for alcohol related disabilities in the child’s case history.

Help for Raising Kids with FASD-NOW!
Some videos by John Hays with strategies for handling many parenting situations, ie. de-escalating the rages, discerning the requests for more independence, navigating sexuality issues, helping your child understand and accept their diagnoses, and many more.

Taking Care of Our Marriages
I agree that it is not the child’s disability that is the primary thing – but how we react to it. Knowing how you should ideally react to challenging situations at home is one thing, but being able to do it when your buttons are all being pushed is another. This is an area where spouses can really help each other. 

What Parents Do During a Meltdown
We all know the wrong things to say during a loved one’s meltdown. But what’s the right thing to say or do — or is it better to say and do nothing during a meltdown?

YAAC Adventure and Support Series- Metro
December 5, 5-6:30PM
Join these young adults at the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America. This will include a shared meal, physical or sensory activity and discussion with a focus on self regulation in order to support effective participation.

Bowling and Pizza- Blaine
December 7, 2PM
Join 4Keeps at Blainebrook Bowl for bowling and pizza. Must RSVP to mneebwalker@yahoo.com

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