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.

August 2014, Vol. 1- Back to School

Back to school

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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A Person Receives More Than They Give When Volunteering
Jeff Everson shares why he is volunteering for the 7th annual MOFAS golf classic.Our daughter Kari got us interested in volunteering for MOFAS several years ago and it has been a rewarding experience ever since. Working with young people in the juvenile justice system, it became apparent that there was a need for more FASD awareness. Read the rest of Jeff’s story. Come volunteer for the golf classic and help spread awareness about FASD. If you would like to volunteer please contact jenn@mofas.org.

Golfer Registration Giveaway!
Register for the 7th annual MOFAS golf classic between now and August 14, 2014 by 11:59PM (CST) for your chance to win a package from St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Hotel. Enjoy One (1) free night* and two (2) $10 coupons (total of $20)** off any food purchase in beautiful Turtle Lake Wisconsin! A total value of $100. The winner will be chosen at random from those who register during this time frame ONLY! Buy your tickets today!
2014 Public Awareness Grantee Summary
Each year the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome awards public awareness grants to non-profits, schools, tribal councils, and government agencies to host an event that highlights the 049 message- zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy. Twenty-three grants were award and helped MOFAS reach over 60,000 people across Minnesota. Read more about their success and their events.
FASD & human rights
Register for the FASD matters conference before August 30, 2014 to get your early bird discount. Use promo code EARLYBIRD1 at check out. The conference will provide a forum to network, share information, problem solve, and discuss the intersection of human rights and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Vote for Andrew!
Andrew is competing to be on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine and has FAS. “Running is important to me because I can succeed. Although I like to have a partner, I can always run on my own – either in my neighborhood or on a nearby trail. I am able to push my body and feel good about myself. I like that feeling. For several years I have motivated many Special Olympics athletes to believe in themselves, train harder and improve their times. Running has also allowed me to inspire hundreds of people on and off the track. Last year I started speaking to high school students about including others and accepting them.” Help Andrew get to the top and support the success he has had with running. Read more about Andrew here.

For Families


Park and Picnic- Ham Lake
August 11, 2014, 6-8:30PM
Bring your children and your own picnic and join other families to eat supper together and enjoy connecting. There is a playground, shelter, bathrooms, and grills available. There is also a skate board park near the picnic shelter. We’ll have fun and find out how very much we have in common!

Young Adult Panel Meet and Greet Day Retreat- White Bear Lake
August 19, 2014, 3-8PM
Youth ages 16-28 who are interested in speaking on the MOFAS Young Adult Panel are invited to join current panelists and learn what it’s all about during this fun day of food, discussion, and swimming! Snacks and supper will be served. Bring your swimsuit, towel and smile. Register for FREE by phone or email with Nancy Beyer,
nancy@fasdfamilyresource.org or 612-819-0650.

Family Retreat- Stewartville
August 29-31, 2014

The Family Retreat will take place in Stewartville, MN. We have collaborated with Ironwood Springs to provide a safe and fun weekend experience. Come spend time with other families like yours!This camp weekend is only open to families living with FASD. Register by contacting melissa@fasdfamilyresource.org or 507-272-0964.

Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Thank you Laura Bloch for sharing your experience and expertise with the world. You are an amazing advocate for your son and the FASD community. “As a parent, the most frustrating thing for me is how it affects him in school. It looks like ADD on the outside in that he can’t maintain focus for long periods. But really (on the inside) the two sides of his brain aren’t communicating.”

Have an FASD? Looking for a Job?
If you or someone you know has an FASD and is in need of employment services, there are employment agencies in Minnesota that have just what you are looking for.

Free Online Resource: Caregiver Curriculum on FASD
The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD was developed to provide a venue for caregivers including foster parents, families, kinship care, youth and child care workers, child welfare services, and others trying to understand and cope with many of the life challenges faced by children with FASD.

Support for Young Adults and Teens
Minneapolis and Apple Valley locations

Progression- Free group for teens
Minneapolis and Woodbury locations

For Professionals


 

How to Ask the Tough Questions Part 1- Early Recognition and Intervention = Increased Success- Willmar
August 13, 2014, 9-11:30AM
(Screeners and other interested professional) Hosted by PACT for Families Collaborative. This workshop will provide an overview of the impact of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure on children and explore the rationale for screening for prenatal alcohol/drug exposure in early childhood education.Come prepared to learn about common challenges seen in children as it relates to brain damage from prenatal alcohol exposure. Broaden your skill set on strategies to improve outcomes for young children with an FASD.

How to Ask the Tough Questions Part 2- Screening for Prenatal Alcohol Exposure- Willmar
August 13, 2014, 12:30-3:30PM
(Professionals interested in conducting screening) Hosted by PACT for Families Collaborative. In this workshop, participants will explore specific strategies for discussing alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy with mothers of young children. Recommended documentation procedures will be shared. There will be time for information-sharing as well as vignettes and interactive exercises that pertain to the strategies learned in this session. Early identification through early childhood screening and appropriate interventions will result in better outcomes for children prenatally exposed to alcohol.

Does She or Doesn’t She? A Women’s Health Perspective on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
August 21, 2014, 2-3PM EST
Alcohol use among women of childbearing age presents many challenges to health care professionals. The medical, obstetrical, and neonatal complications associated with alcohol use during pregnancy are well established. Yet current messaging seems to be moving away from “No safe amount”, to “A small amount is OK”. This presentation will provide an overview of alcohol dependence from a women’s health perspective, with emphasis on alcohol use during pregnancy.

What Educators Need to Know About FASD- Webinar
August 27, 2014, 12-1PM CST
MOFAS in collaboration with Professional Education Pal will present a back to school webinar for educators. This training will provide a brief overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and interventions for working with children and adolescents with an FASD in a school setting.

Alcohol and Fetal Brain Development: An Interview with Dr. Rajesh C. Miranda – July 2014
This month’s Ask the Expert features an interview with Dr. Rajesh C. Miranda, a Professor with the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Texas A&M’s Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and a past-President of the FASD Study Group (FASDSG). He has performed extensive research into the effects of alcohol on fetal brain development, and has agreed to answer a few questions about his work and current research on FASD.

Addiction & Recovery


Dealing with Addiction Support Group- St. Paul
Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month
*Excluding October 23, 2014
Meet with other parents of older teens/young adults who have challenging behaviors, including possible addictions. Share support, resources, and experiences.

Women Who Drink Face Special Risks But Also Have Advantages Over Men
“For women who know when to say when, social sipping is fine, but drinking among women, measured in government surveys, DUI statistics and hospital admissions, is on the rise. Fifteen percent of women who imbibe are binge drinkers — meaning they consume four or more alcoholic drinks within two hours, at least once a week.”

This is What Rehab and Recovery is Really Like
“I know that in the past I have written about my treatment and recovery a few times, but always in a broad sense. I don’t know if it’s easier to address that way, or if I consciously try to block out certain parts of my rock bottom because they embarrass me (then again, it wouldn’t be rock bottom if it were something I was proud of). So here goes — this is my attempt at setting the record straight. This is what really happened before, during and after, not just the happy, yay-I’ve-come-so-far parts”

Understanding How Drug Addicts Think: The Progression of Addiction
“The road to addiction always starts with denial. Regardless of our personalities, genetics, or past experiences; we believe we can experiment without consequences. From the first moments of abusing a substance, we rationalize and justify. We overlook the risks through self deception.”

Alcohol & Pregnancy


 

Get Featured on the MOFAS Facebook
Have you gotten a 049 onesie? Is your baby wearing it? Send your photos to alexa@mofas.org and be featured on our Facebook.

Woman’s Doctor: Drinking Alcohol Before Pregnancy Can Increase Risks
But the problem with that is we don’t know what the safe level of alcohol is for a woman or the fetus so for one woman it might be fine to have a glass of alcohol and the baby might be perfect but for another even a few glasses of alcohol may cause a problem. So, not knowing, to be safe, no woman should drink alcohol while pregnant.

Two Teesside Mums Go Head to Head on Booze During Pregnancy After Shock New Figures
Eaglescliffe’s Vicky Evison, 32, a mum-of-one to Luke, seven, and 21 weeks pregnant with her second child, has made the decision to abstain completely from the booze.

Drinking While Pregnant Causes Slow Brain Growth, Learning Difficulties Over Time
Pregnant women may find the nine months they’re carrying a baby difficult, but when it comes to how to be pregnant, there are only a few major rules to live by: eat right, exercise, and avoid caffeine, drugs, and alcohol. Yet, one in 13 American pregnant women admitted to drinking alcohol in the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.

MOFAS Baby Shower Bonus
Are you having a baby shower thrown for you, or planning one for a friend? We want to help celebrate and send you free goodies for the shower! Send MOFAS a copy of the invitation, the number of guests you expect, and where to send the goodies.  

 

 

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