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 American Indian Family Center (AIFC) used the MOFAS Community Grant to create a 3 -part Quilt Series to bring community members together to learn about FASD. The theme of the series was “Healthy Babies Make Strong Communities”. Each month, families gathered to create quilt squares that would reflect “What Our Community Looks Like.” They incorporated messages from the MOFAS Love.Hope.Joy. campaign and different parts of the medicine wheel. While the families worked on their quilt squares, they heard from guest speakers and had group discussions on topics related to FASD.
During the first session they had the opportunity to ask questions and share what experiences they have encountered. During their talking circle, they were able to communicate concerns the group had in their community, and what they could do in response to these issues.
The second session featured a presentation by Diane Anderson, an occupational therapist with a long history of working in the FASD community. She gave an overview of FASD, and answered questions about what can be helpful to someone with an FASD.
In the final session, there was a presentation by Michael Harris, a psychologist at the Indian Health Board who has extensive experience in the FASD field. He talked about how FASD can create daily challenges, what those challenges can look like for families, and how we can meet those challenges with mindfulness and support. Some great stories of success were shared through storytelling by both Michael and the participants.
All the families enjoyed the series and are proud to share their finished quilt. One participant shared, “I loved that we participated in an activity that people will see. We worked together to create something beautiful. All our views are different, and no one is wrong.”