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.
DULUTH – Goodwill Duluth has been awarded a grant that will help the nonprofit to expand services to a target population among Duluth residents.
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has funded a one-year grant of $30,000 to support job training programs for people living with the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, FASD can result in a wide variety of physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.
According to MOFAS, people living with an FASD may have a difficult time finding and maintaining work, yet their high IQs often prevent them from qualifying for many job programs.
Programs like those at Goodwill help to fill in the gaps.
Goodwill will use the grant to expand services and develop expertise in working with people with an FASD.
Project goals are to provide services to 18 people with an FASD, resulting in their successful employment with help and support from Goodwill’s vocational rehabilitation staff.
“We’re looking forward to working with MOFAS as we work toward our goal of expanding services to greater numbers of people,” said Goodwill Vocational Services Manager Brad Gustason.
Goodwill’s mission is to create meaningful work and training opportunities for people with disabilities and others with barriers to employment, allowing them to realize their full vocational potential and to enjoy all of the benefits that come with having a job.
Donations of gently used clothing and household goods provide the main means of support for this mission.
MOFAS’ mission is to eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with an FASD.
It’s estimated that nationally, FASD affects about 1 percent of all live births. About 8,500 babies are born in Minnesota each year with prenatal alcohol exposure.