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.

I AM WHY FASD Matters in Minnesota

I AM WHY FASD Matters in Minnesota PDF Version

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a set of physical, behavioral and cognitive disorders that occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol while pregnant. FASD is the most preventable social problem we face. There is no cure, but it is 100% preventable.

1 in 10 women drink alcohol while pregnant (CDC Survey 2015)

each year, 7,061 babies are born in MN with prenatal alcohol exposure (CDC 2015)

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure can harm the way a child learns and behaves including:

  • hyperactive behavior
  • physical, mental, social and behavioral disabilities
  • difficulty paying attention
  • learning disabilities
  • memory problems
  • poor reasoning and judgement skills

Estimated cost over 18 years:
$241,080 for the average person and $2.0 million for a person with an FASD (USDA 2012)

FASD costs Minnesota $131 million each year (L. Burd & R. Howard, 2004)

Why FASD matters

  • 61% of adolescents with an FASD experienced significant school disruptions
  • 2-3x more likely to be bullied
  • 60% of individuals with an FASD have a history of trouble with the law
  • 94% of individuals with an FASD also have a mental illness

Early Intervention

  • 5% of women in chemical dependency treatment are pregnant (SAMHSA 2009)
  • 1 in 5 Minnesota women did not receive any message about alcohol use from their doctor or were told they could drink lightly or in moderation

Together, we can save the state money and make a better MN for everyone!

The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
1-866-90-MOFAS(66327) – www.proofalliance.org – www.facebook.com/mofas.org
revised 5/29/2014

 

 

Sources

*CDC Survey 2015: 1 in 10 (10.2%) pregnant women self-identify drinking alcohol.  Among pregnant women, the highest estimates of reported alcohol use were among those who were:  Age 35-44 (18.6%)   College graduate (13%) Employed (12%) Unmarried (13%)
CDC 2015, MMWR – Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking Among Women of Childbearing Age, 2010-2013

*CDC 2015: 2009 Annual MN Births, Minnesota State Demographic Center X current percentage of pregnant women 15-44 who use of alcohol by pregnant, SAMHSA. (70,617 births X 10.2% or 1 in 10 )

*USDA 2012: $2.0 million is the estimated cost for each individual with an FASD over the course of their lifetime. (This cost includes medical treatment, special education, residential care for persons with mental retardation, and social service costs. It does not include loss productivity, mental health services or criminal justice costs. )

Lupton, C.; Burd, L.; and Harwood R. 2004. Cost of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. American Journal of Medical Genetics 127C (671):42-50.

Estimated cost for raising a child up to 18 years old = $241,080 including housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, education and childcare.  It does not include college costs.
US Department of Agriculture, 2012

*L. Burd & R. Howard, 2004:  Lupton, C.; Burd, L.; and Harwood R. 2004. Cost of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. American Journal of Medical Genetics 127C (671):42-50. 

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