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.
The only known cause of FASD is prenatal alcohol exposure (alcohol use during pregnancy). Alcohol is a teratogen that crosses the placenta and can damage the central nervous system (including the brain) and other organs of the developing embryo/fetus.1 No more than two hours after maternal ingestion, the blood alcohol level of the fetus is the same as or higher than the mother’s.2
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States.3 Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause a number of birth defects, including:
The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure are lifelong and can include FASD, a brain-based permanent disability that has wide-ranging effects. 9-13 Prenatal alcohol exposure may result in cognitive deficits related to executive function, learning, attention, language, memory, and visual spatial reasoning.14, 15
Because there is no known amount of alcohol that can be considered safe during pregnancy, it is advised by all major medical associations, including the Centers for Disease Control16, the American Academy of Pediatrics17, and the U.S. Surgeon General18, that if a person is pregnant or could become pregnant, they should abstain from drinking alcohol.
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Last updated: March 2019