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.

How Many People Have an FASD?

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Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States.1 In the United States, up to 1 in 20 children has a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).2 This makes FASD more common than spina bifida, anencephaly, and trisomy 18.3 FASD is also more common than autism, which affects 1 in 59 children.4

  • FASD is caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, or alcohol use during pregnancy.5
  • Over 1 in 9 babies are born with prenatal alcohol exposure each year–that’s an estimated 8,000 a year in Minnesota.6, 7
  • Experts estimate that 3,400 of the children born in Minnesota each year will have an FASD.8

Sources:

  1. Williams JF, Smith VC. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2015;136(5):e1395-406.
  2. May et al. Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities. JAMA. 2018;319(5):474-482.
  3. Popova S, Lange S, Probst C, Gmel G, and Rehm J. Estimation of National, Regional, and Global Prevalence of Alcohol Use During Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. The Lancet Global Health. 2017;5(3), e290-e299.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data & statistics on autism spectrum disorder. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
  5. Fitzpatrick JP, Pestell CF. Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. 2017;3(1):38-52.
  6. Denny CH, et al. Consumption of alcohol beverages and binge drinking among pregnant women aged 18-44 years — United States, 2015-2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2019;68(16):365-368.
  7. 2015 Annual MN Births, Minnesota State Demographic Center X percentage of people ages 15-44 who report alcohol use during pregnancy, SAMHSA. (69,835 births*10%)
  8. 2015 Annual MN Births, Minnesota State Demographic Center X percentage of children estimated to have an FASD, May et al. JAMA study.(69,835 births*5%)

Last updated: April 2019

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