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).
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.
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.
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.
Learning the full extent of a child’s disability can help prepare for the challenges ahead and open doors to services and supports needed to be successful.
FASD is an umbrella term describing a range of conditions and disabilities that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD cannot be cured and the damage to the brain is permanent.
Only trained professionals can make a diagnosis. FASD is often misdiagnosed because many of the characteristics look the same as mental health disorders.
Signs to look for that may indicate the need for an FASD assessment include:
A diagnosis can change the life of a child with an FASD. An accurate diagnosis can help get the services and support needed to be successful. It can provide greater understanding and acceptance, and it can lead to more realistic expectations and contribute to more positive long-term outcomes.
Remember, getting a diagnosis is not about “labeling” a child. It is rather an opportunity for your child and family to get the services and supports needed to be successful.
See the enclosed checklist for more information to bring to your doctor visits.
Unfortunately, there is not one medical test (like a blood test) to confirm a diagnosis under the FASD umbrella. Instead, here in MN, FASD is diagnosed by a team of professionals assessing four specific areas:
Depending on the clinic, the diagnostic process can take up to 8 hours and may include:
If you or someone you know suspects prenatal alcohol exposure, it is important to act early, reach out and pursue an in-depth evaluation of your child. In Minnesota, you do not need a referral from primary care to make an appointment at an FASD Diagnostic Clinic, but be sure to verify coverage through your health insurance carrier.
The MOFAS Diagnostic Clinic is located at 2233 University Avenue West, Suite 395 in St. Paul, MN. Appointments are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm for children primarily between the ages of 2 – 17.
To schedule an appointment or for more information on diagnosis, please contact the Clinic Coordinator at 651-917-2370.
Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 395
Saint Paul, MN 55114
toll free: 1-866-90-MOFAS (66327)