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.
References and Resources for
“Overlapping Behavioral Characteristics and Related Mental Health Diagnoses in Children”
Diane Malbin: Clinical social worker, program developer, nationally recognized trainer on FASD and consultant, co-founder of FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation)
MOFAS (Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome): www.proofalliance.org
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness – factsheets on mental health diagnoses, characteristics, medications, resources, local support groups for many mental illnesses
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.: Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy
His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD: clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena, Medical Director of The Trauma Center, a program of Justice Resource Institute
“Developmental Trauma Disorder: A New Rational Diagnosis for Children With Complex Trauma Histories,” by Bessel van der Kolk, Psychiatric Annals, May 2005.
“Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents,” Cook, Spinazzola, Ford, Lanktree, Blaustein, Cloitre, DeRosa, Hubbard, Kagan, Mallah, Olafson, van der Kolk, 2005, Psychiatric Annals, pp. 390-398- Psychiatric Annals, May 2005.
Also “Attachment, Self-regulation and Competency (ARC)”
Mayo Clinic: Reactive Attachment Disorder Symptoms http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/reactive-attachment-disorder/DS00988/DSECTION=symptoms
Walter D. Buenning, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Reactive Attachment Disorder Child Checklist of Characteristics http://www.reactiveattachmentdisordertreatment.com/childattachchecklist.pdf
Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.: A Framework for Understanding Poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty
Research focuses on the effects of poverty on students, families, and communities and how to better understand and support people from all economic backgrounds
In addition this document was reviewed for accuracy by several Minnesota experts in Children’s Mental Health and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders