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.

January 2014, Vol 2: Health & Wellness

MOFAS health and wellness
Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
January 2014, Vol. 2
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Exercise Your Brain- Learning Rx Style
This week MOFAS had a lunch and learn with Learning Rx that helped explain how they can help families with children with an FASD.

Increasing Access to Employment
MOFAS has awarded grants to seven agencies to help increase access to employment for individuals with an FASD.  This program will primarily help those who do not qualify for services elsewhere and are ages 16-25.

American Indian Grants Announced
MOFAS has awarded six grants to help make an impact on FASD in American Indian communities.  Through their various programs, these grantees will be preventing prenatal alcohol exposure and supporting individuals affected by FASD.

MOFAS Awards 23 Grants to Host Community Events for New and Expecting Parents
There are 23 organizations in Minnesota that have been selected for the 2014 Public Awareness Grants. MOFAS is providing funding to these agencies to host community based events for new and expecting parents in the spring of 2014, generating awareness of the 049 message.

Win a $75 Amazon Gift Card
If you purchase any level and any amount of tickets by January 31st, you will be entered in to a drawing to win a $75 Amazon.com gift card!  The winner will be announced on February 3, 2014. Hurry and order yours today!  New!  Reception only tickets have been added to attend the 11th Annual Benefit for MOFAS. Tickets to attend the reception are only $65 each; tickets that include the performance of Once are $165 or $100.  For more information and to order your tickets, visit our website or email Jennifer Stieve at jennifer@mofas.org.We hope to see you there!

Public Policy Paid Internship Available
Assist with the engagement of FASD advocates in state public policy activity. This position is open until filled. Requiring approximated 5-10 hours a week.

Professional News


Legal Rights and Procedures for a Child with an FASD- St. Paul
This presentation outlines the educational rights of students with disabilities, the rights of parents, and the duties of educators, focusing on the child and family working with FASD. MOFAS has applied to the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 4 CLE credits. A light lunch will be provided.

FASD in the Forensic Context to the New DSM-5 – Webinar
Dr. Natalie Brown will review the highlights (and the lowlights) in how FASD is addressed in the DSM-5 and the implications of the new diagnostic code on clinical and forensic diagnosis and treatment services. MOFAS has been approved by the MN Board of Social Work for Continuing Education credits. MOFAS has applied to the MN Board of Psychology for Continuing Education credits. Certificates of attendance will be provided to attendees.

Women


Drinking Too Much? Don’t Count On Your Doctor To Ask
Most of the people who have problems with drinking aren’t alcoholics, and having a brief chat with a doctor is often all it takes to prompt excessive drinkers to cut back. But, it turns out, doctors aren’t bringing the topic up. More than 80 percent of adults say they’ve never discussed alcohol use with a health professional, a survey finds.

Women and Drinking: Authors Tackle Risks
Women today, especially young and educated women, live in a culture where almost any time seems to be a good time to drink — but little time is spent talking about the risks.

Bye-Bye Lower Back Pain: Yoga Sequence For Mommies-to-Be
Prenatal yoga will be your saving grace to keep your muscles strong and supple, improve the flexibility and balance you often lose as your belly grows, and as a bonus, it’ll also mentally and physically prepare you for labor.

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


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Services- Brookston
Residential Services, Inc. (RSI) is pleased to announce that, through a grant from MOFAS, they are expanding services to the FASD and Mental Health Community which will now include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.

Family Fun Event- St Cloud
We’re going sledding! Bring your sled and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Meet in the shelter- we’ll have a couple tables reserved. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided.

Dealing with Addiction Support Group- Bloomington
New date and time for the Dealing with Addiction Support Group. Now meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30PM.

Kinship Caregivers Resource Fair- Robbinsdale
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.

Let’s Connect- Alexandria
Event is open to caregivers of a child with an FASD or suspected prenatal exposure to alcohol. Join with other caregivers for a morning of support and networking, meet your regional FRC and learn about resources that can support you and your child.

Resolving Conflict Between Parent and Child Training- Minneapolis
Have you ever wondered, “What was my child thinking when they did that?” or “What was I thinking when I acted that way?” If so, please join Dr. Richard Delaney as he explores strategies to help you and your child.

2014 Fatherhood Summit- Saint Cloud
Family Resource Coordinator, Jeff Beyer will present, “Raising Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder–Getting Dads Involved” at the 2014 conference which will showcase best practices and successes with fathers and their families from all regions of Minnesota.

Hip Hop- Bloomington
Grab the family and come enjoy a hip hop class. Parents and adults are welcome to participate as well.

YAAC- Kickin’ it Old School- Saint Louis Park
Join us for roller and inline skating! 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.

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