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.

March 2014, Vol. 1

MOFAS Enews February v1

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – March 2014, Vol. 1
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I Am Why…
Why does FASD matter? For me, it’s for the mother who read or heard those mixed messages about the occasional indulgence and continued to drink during pregnancy. My job will not be done until every baby book, news article, advice column, tv show, and health care providers are on the same page of sharing our 049 message- zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy.

FASD Day at the Capitol- St. Paul
The first 100 people to arrive at the State Capitol Rotunda for the FASD Day at the Capitol on March 24th will receive a FREE T-SHIRT with this year’s logo. If you haven’t had a chance to register for the event, do it today!

Share Your Story
Why does FASD matter to you? What are examples of the daily challenges you face or what do you want someone else to know about how FASD impacts you? Send emily@mofas.org 4-6 sentences on why FASD matters to you. We want to share your story at our FASD Day at the Capitol. NOTE:  If we do share your story at this event or on our website, we will only use your first name.

FASD Matters – Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Prevention and Awareness
We need more research, education, training, and outreach. We need more awareness in every community across this country because FASD impacts us all. We need more awareness and understanding, not less.

11th Annual MOFAS Benefit
Join us at our 11th annual MOFAS benefit. Full of live and silent auctions, great appetizers, and a chance to fund a need. 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!

Professionals


FASD 101 for Medical Professionals- Webinar
March 18, 12-1:30PM
This is an FASD basic (101) training for medical professionals presented by Dr. Pi-Nian Chang, University of Minnesota FASD Diagnostic Clinic. MOFAS has been approved by the MN Board of Social Work for Continuing Education credits.

Hand-in-Hand Webinar Series
MOFAS in collaboration with Bethany Christian Services will offer the online Hand-in-Hand Series. The series is an opportunity for parents, caregivers, and professionals who care and support those who have received or suspect a fetal alcohol diagnosis to come together to learn about FASD in a support and informal setting.

Women


Book Swap & Mini Resource Fair- Olivia
March 15, 9-11:45AM
This event is sponsored by a 2014 MOFAS Public Awareness Grant. Join BOLD School for some family fun. Featuring a book swap and mini resource fair. Bring gently used books to exchange for other books. Learn how to connect with early childhood resources.

I Am Why…
Why does FASD matter? For me, it’s for the mother who read or heard those mixed messages about the occasional indulgence and continued to drink during pregnancy. My job will not be done until every baby book, news article, advice column, tv show, and health care providers are on the same page of sharing our 049 message- zero alcohol for nine months of 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


YAAC- Indoor Rock Climbing at Vertical Endeavors- St. Paul
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.

Four-part Chat Series with Jeff Noble
Join FASD coach and expert, Jeff Noble, of fasdforever.com as he presents relevant and need-to-know information to help and support front line caregivers of those living with an FASD. This is a 4 part Chat series on Thursday evenings Feb. 27th, Mar. 6th, Mar. 13th, and Mar. 20th from 9-10PM.

YAAC Bowling- Sartell
For high-functioning young adults ages 16-24 who are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders* throughout MN.*Participants are encouraged to attend with a PCA or friend. Parents: Drop off and enjoy time to yourself!

Media, Homework and Teens… THE PERFECT STORM!!!! – Blaine
Please join Paul Buckley, LMFT for an afternoon in which parent, child, and therapist confront eye to eye the unblinking gaze of Media, a creature of endless appetite and unknowable intentions.

2 Openings Remaining for Social Skills Session
Lifetrack Resources in St. Paul is offering a 12 week social skills training program starting in April for kids with an FASD between the ages of 9-12. Evaluations for admission to the group are being held in March.

 

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