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.

Busting the Myths About Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy

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mythbusters

MYTH
I heard that it is ok to drink alcohol towards the end of pregnancy.

FACT
Alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy. Everything you eat and drink while you are pregnant affects your baby. If you drink alcohol, it can cause problems in how your child grows, learns, looks and acts.

MYTH
Only women who have drinking problems have babies with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

FACT
Any exposure to alcohol could cause damage to your developing baby. Most mothers do not purposely want to harm
their babies. Over 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Many women are 2-3 months along before they know they are expecting, and may drink alcohol when they are not even aware that they are pregnant.

MYTH
Don’t worry, your baby will outgrow any problems caused by drinking during pregnancy.

FACT
The damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure is permanent and lasts a lifetime. To help your child reach their full potential, it is very important to get help with FASD as early as possible.

if you are concerned…

If your child was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy, know that there is help and hope. This is called a “spectrum” disorder because some children may have only mild symptoms, where others may be more severely affected. It is important to remember that learning disabilities and behavior problems will be unique to each child.

what to watch for…

  • Sleeping and eating problems
  • Hearing and vision problems
  • Slower rate to learning new skills
  • Poor coordination and fine motor skills
  • Sensitivity to light, touch, sound
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Hyperactivity, “can’t sit still”
  • Easily distracted, short attention span
  • Needs frequent reminders
  • Needs close, one-on-one supervision to be safe
  • Trouble with making friends

pathways to success

Act Early.
As a parent, you know your child best. If you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, acts or talks, visit your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait.

Reach out. Get connected.
Visit www.MNParentsKnow.info for more information on how young children develop plus ideas to help your child learn and grow.

Call 1-866-693-GROW (4769) if you have questions about your child’s development or if you think your child might need extra help to learn.

Connect with the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at www.proofalliance.org or 651-917-2370 for family support programs and information that include:

  •  Virtual Family Center
  • Hand in Hand Series – in person and online
  • Family Retreats
  • Online Resource Directory and Guide

Get a Diagnosis.
If you or the doctor think there might be a delay, ask the doctor for a referral to an FASD specialist who can do a more in-depth evaluation of your child.

A diagnosis can help your child and family get the services and support needed to be successful. A list of Minnesota Diagnostic Clinics is available at www.proofalliance.org, click on MOFAS Resources/Resource Directory; or call 1-866-90-MOFAS (66327).

parenting tips who we are

Concentrate on your child’s strengths and talents.
Be consistent with everything (discipline, school, behaviors).
Use concrete language and examples.
Use stable routines that do not change daily.
Keep it simple.
Be specific—say exactly what you mean.
Structure your child’s world to provide a foundation for daily living.
Use visual aides, music, and hands-on activities to help your child learn.
Use positive reinforcement often (praise, incentives).
Supervise: friends, visits, routines.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Contact MOFAS for more information
and parent support programs. Call
651-917-2370 or 1-866-90-MOFAS (66327)
or go to www.proofalliance.org.

who we are

The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is the only statewide source for training,
information, resources and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

our mission:
To eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) throughout Minnesota.

our vision:
A world in which women do not drink alcohol during pregnancy and people living with an FASD are identified,
supported and valued.

how to contact us

mail:
Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 395
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone:
metro: 651-917-2370
toll free: 1-866-90-MOFAS (66327)
fax: 651-917-2405

online:
mofas.org
info@mofas.org
facebook.com/mofas.org
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