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. 2

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – March 2014, Vol. 2
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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.

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!

Join Our Golf Tournament Committee
FORE! Look Out! We are in search of committee members to join our Golf Tournament Committee! Our 7th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic is right around the corner and we are looking for some fresh, new ideas. You don’t have to be a golf pro, you just need a desire to make this year’s tournament our best ever! Limited time commitment is needed. If you are interested in joining the Golf Committee, please contact Jenn Feiges at jenn@mofas.org or 651-917-2370.

Professionals


FASD and Seizure Disorders: A Basic Review
“Seizure disorders are more common in individuals with developmental disabilities such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Individuals with an FASD experience a higher incidence of seizure disorders compared to the general population.”

The International Charter on Prevention of FASD
Published in the March 2014 issue of The Lancet Global Health. “The first international conference on prevention of FASD… resulted in the production, endorsement, and adoption of the following international charter on the prevention of FASD by more than 700 people from 35 countries worldwide, including senior government officials, scholars and policymakers, clinicians and other front-line service providers, parents, families, and indigenous people.”

Creating Permanency for Foster and Kinship Families- Minneapolis
A training for parents, caregivers and professionals who serve children with challenging behaviors CEUs available. Join author and parent coach Tina Feigal as she discusses solutions to the typical challenges for foster, adoptive and kinship children and their caregivers.

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.

Ask the Expert
Every month, Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., the Center’s FASD Specialist, or a special guest will use this space to write about an aspect of FASD in response to questions from the Center’s audience. It is our hope that this column will provide vital, up-to-date information on FASD for a variety of stakeholders.

Women


Community Baby Shower- Montevideo
Several area agencies, businesses, and the medical community will join ECFE to offer information, resources and fun freebees for your new baby and you! Listen to our special guest speaker and learn about the health and wellness of you and your baby.

Pregnant Pause- Staples
Pregnant women, women thinking about getting pregnant, spouses, partners, friends, family and other supportive community members are invited to take a “Pregnant Pause” from 10AM to noon on Saturday, March 22, in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood Health System’s Main Campus.

Women’s Wellness Event- Wheaton
Join us for a light meal and an entertaining evening exploring women’s wellness. There will be guest speakers on FAS prevention, stress management, and healthy movement for better living. Door prizes will be given away as well.

Spa Night- Burnsville
Join Dakota Child and Family Clinic for a Spa NightComplimentary snacks, beverages and mini spa services will be provided.

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


Hand in Hand: Part 2- Waite Park
MOFAS and Arc Midstate are offering the Hand in Hand Series, an opportunity for parents, caregivers & 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.

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. Tonight, March 20, from 9-10PM.

Creating Permanency for Foster and Kinship Families- Minneapolis
A training for parents, caregivers and professionals who serve children with challenging behaviors. Join author and parent coach Tina Feigal as she discusses solutions to the typical challenges for foster, adoptive and kinship children and their caregivers.

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