Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
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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.

January 2014, Vol 1

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E-Newsletter – January 2014, Vol. 1
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To Making a Difference in 2014!

Individuals, families, and communities affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders may feel overwhelmed with the complex issues associated with the disorder.  At times the odds may feel insurmountable and even impossible, but there is hope that what feels impossible can be done. It was so exciting to have the framework presented to view FASD through a human rights lens.

Get Your Tickets
Join us Sunday, April 6, 2014 for a wonderful reception at Graves 601 Hotel, Minneapolis for the 11th Annual MOFAS Benefit. After the reception we will all head over to the Orpheum Theater to see the Tony-Award winning play ONCE.

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


Binge Drinking Women Face Risk of Birth Defects
Till date, it was believed that FAS also caused heart problems in just over half of those with this condition but it remained largely a mystery as to how. To unlock this mystery, a team led by an Indian-American researcher Ganga Karunamuni at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio,studied heart formation in quail embryos, whose heart development is very similar to that of humans.

Raising a Child with an FASD- Webinar
January 16, 12-1:30PM
This webinar will provide a brief overview of FASD and will explore what it is like to raise a child with an FASD including the struggles, rewards, and interventions. Target audiences include: adoptive parents, prospective parents, foster parents, and professionals. MOFAS has been approved by the MN Board of Social Work for Continuing Education credits. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to attendees.

Resolving Conflict Between Parent and Child Training- Minneapolis
January 30, 6-9PM
A training for parents, caregivers, and professionals who serve children with challenging behaviors. This training will also provide skills that: help children sort out their thoughts and feelings reduce breakdowns in communication with your child explore “mentalization” techniques that help keep you in touch with your child and your own well-being. CEUs available.

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.

Women


The Science-Base Resolutions You Should Make This Year
There’s still time to make and keep some resolutions. Resolve yourself to these research-based promises a healthy pregnancy this year.

Pub Pregnancy Test Plea to Halt FASD
Mothers-to-be are bombarded with advice during pregnancy, but when it comes to alcohol the NHS message is clear: avoid it. Can putting pregnancy test kit machines in pubs go a step further in getting the message across?

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


YAAC Snow Tubing and Pizza Party- Minneapolis
January 11, 10AM-1PM
The Young Adult Activity Club (YAAC) is a facilitated series of social and recreational activities for individuals with an FASD who are between the ages of 16-25.

Raising a Child with an FASD- Webinar
January 16, 12-1:30PM
This webinar will provide a brief overview of FASD and will explore what it is like to raise a child with an FASD including the struggles, rewards, and interventions. Target audiences include: adoptive parents, prospective  parents, foster parents, and professionals.

MOFAS Family Snow Tubing- Scandia
January 19, 3-6PM

Join other families with children who have an FASD to go snow tubing at Eko Backen in Scandia, MN! We will have a pizza supper at 5PM.

Kinship Caregivers Resource Fair- Robbinsdale
January 25, 10AM-1PM
Are you caring for someone else’s child? Come to the Kinship Caregivers Resource Fair. Learn about local resources. Find support for your unique situation.

Child Training- Minneapolis
January 30, 6-9PM
A training for parents, caregivers, and professionals who serve children with challenging behaviors. This training will also provide skills that: help children sort out their thoughts and feelings reduce breakdowns in communication with your child explore “mentalization” techniques that help keep you in touch with your child and your own well-being.

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the launch of the website for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). The NDNRC is an initiative aimed at providing cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists thereby ensuring people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

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