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.

February 2014, Vol 1

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E-Newsletter – February 2014, Vol. 1
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Socialization Without Alcohol – Thoughts From an (Almost) 21 Year Old

That’s where the problem lies with much of my generation: when people get together for the sake of drinking, not for the company. It seems that alcohol is the activity, socialization is the byproduct.

Gift Pack
NEW February promotion – if you buy any level and any quantity of tickets in February for the 11th Annual MOFAS Benefit you will be entered in to a drawing for a Once prize package.
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.

FASD Day at the Capitol- St. Paul
Speak up for people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and share the importance of prevention. Use this great opportunity to ensure that your state legislators speak for you, your family and the FASD community.

I Am Why… FASD matters
Both the 2014 FASD Day at the Capitol and the 11th Annual Benefit for MOFAS are right around the corner. To help show why “FASD matters” to all of us, MOFAS would like to share stories from individuals living with an FASD, caregivers, family members, and professionals working with those impacted by an FASD. What are examples of the daily challenges you face or what do you want someone else to know about how FASD impacts you?
If you are interested in sharing 4-6 sentences on living with an FASD with MOFAS, please email it to emily@mofas.org. If you would like to include a picture of yourself as well – that would be great! NOTE: If we do share your story at both/either of these events or on our website, we will only use your first name.
Thanks for sharing! Our hope is that we can continue to help make FASD better understood by sharing your personal stories. Please contact Emily Gunderson at emily@mofas.org if you have questions.

Professionals


FASD Basics – Shakopee

This is a basic (101) training geared toward a variety of audiences including professionals, parents, students, educators, etc.

Free Webinar Series Part 1 of 3: FASD Basics
Part 1 of this FREE 3-part webinar series, provided by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, will provide a basic introduction to FASD.

Free Webinar Series Part 2 of 3: FASD & Co-Occurring Disorders
Part 2 of this FREE 3-part webinar series, provided by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, will focus on understanding the connection between FASD and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Hand in Hand: Part 1- Detroit Lakes
Hand in Hand is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and professionals who care and support those who have received or suspect an FASD diagnosis to come together and learn about FASD in a supportive and informal setting.

Women


Marijuana During Pregnancy Isn’t Safe Either
Although it doesn’t compare to fetal alcohol syndrome, marijuana exposure in the womb can cause any number of problems.

Group of Lawmakers Fighting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a damaging, costly and ultimately preventable disorder that affects hundreds of babies a year. It’s also in the crosshairs of a new public health campaign.

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.

Families


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
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.

Free Webinar Series Part 1 of 3: FASD Basics
Part 1 of this FREE 3-part webinar series, provided by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, will provide a basic introduction to FASD.
Join us at Confidence Learning Center near Brainerd for a day of indoor/outdoor activities.

YAAC: All Day Event- Brainerd
Join us at Confidence Learning Center near Brainerd for a day of indoor/outdoor activities.

East Metro Support Group- Stillwater
Come join other caregivers of those with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. We connect to share our struggles and successes.

Free Webinar Series Part 2 of 3: FASD & Co-Occurring Disorders
Part 2 of this FREE 3-part webinar series, provided by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, will focus on understanding the connection between FASD and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Hand in Hand: Part 1- Detroit Lakes
Hand in Hand is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and professionals who care and support those who have received or suspect an FASD diagnosis to come together and learn about FASD in a supportive and informal setting.

Understanding the FASD Diagnosis- Edina
We will cover the basics of the brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure as well as some of the beginning strategies and levels of understanding that parents and caregivers need to better support their children and family structure.


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