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 2

Health and WellnessMinnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – December 2013, Vol. 2
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Holidays, Pregnancy and Alcohol
Great insight on what to expect during the holidays and how to navigate the situations where you might be around alcohol while you’re pregnant and how those around you can be supportive.

Shop for a Cause
For those later holiday shoppers. You shop. Amazon gives. Shop through AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to MOFAS. 

Discount Ends Soon!
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).

If You Missed Out
The recorded version of the Virtual Community Meeting is now available. This reflects on the recent statewide study on Minnesota women’s beliefs and behaviors regarding alcohol use and pregnancy.

Support MOFAS
Don’t forget there’s still time to support MOFAS in 2013! Make your tax-deductible contribution now online and show your support for all MOFAS programs and services!

Save the Date
FREE: FASD 3-part Webinar series sponsored by SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and MOFAS. Learn about FASD from national experts. Feb 13, 20, and 27 from noon-1:30PM (CST). This series is designed for primary and behavioral health care providers, social workers, educators and other professionals who work with individuals with an FASD. Parents, caregivers and family members will also find the information helpful. CEUs available.

Paid Internships Available
MOFAS is currently looking for interns for Public Policy, and Communications/Public Awareness. These positions are open until filled. Requiring approximated 5-10 hours a week.

Professional News


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

Save the Date
FREE: FASD 3-part Webinar series sponsored by SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and MOFAS. Learn about FASD from national experts. Feb 13, 20, and 27 from noon-1:30PM (CST). This series is designed for primary and behavioral health care providers, social workers, educators and other professionals who work with individuals with an FASD. Parents, caregivers and family members will also find the information helpful. CEUs available.

UC Riverside: Alcohol During Pregnancy Changes Brain Anatomy
A UC Riverside researcher has shown that exposure to alcohol during pregnancy not only affects a baby’s birth weight and behavior but also changes the way the brain is wired.

Women


Holidays, Pregnancy and Alcohol
Great insight on what to expect during the holidays and how to navigate the situations where you might be around alcohol while you’re pregnant and how those around you can be supportive.

Party Planning Tips for an Alcohol-Safe and Drug-Free Holiday Season
Designed to increase awareness about the prevention of drunk driving during the holidays. Gives statistics on the toll of driving while intoxicated, tips for party givers to prevent guests driving while under the influence, and non-alcoholic drink recipes.

Mocktail Recipes on Pinterest
MOFAS knows the holidays are surrounded by alcohol. Find some delicious mocktail alternatives as you abstain from drinking during your 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


10 Holiday Tips for Persons Living with the Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Offered by Adult Living with Challenges of FASD
Have a happy holiday, find something to take care of you. We need resource people who are calm, friendly and honest in a kind way with us.

Over 100 Holiday Strategies for FASD: Supporting Yourself and Your Family
Holidays are meant to be joyful, happy occasions. Do the best that you can. You do not have to apologize for doing what is appropriate for your family. Following is our recent discussion on FASD Think Tank – we hope our cumulative experiences will help your families enjoy brighter holiday celebrations.

Navigating the Transition to Adulthood for Teens
As children with an FASD become adolescents, they are potentially at risk for a variety of poor outcomes. It is critical that these adolescents receive appropriate information, guidance, and support to navigate the transition to adulthood. The Village Ranch Child and Family Services is seeking participants for a support group, held by Dr. Tim Wright, for young men ages 15-17.

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