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.
A newly published study finds that rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) among children may be significantly higher than previous estimates.
A research team headed by Philip A. May, Ph.D., studied more than 1,400 first graders in a Midwestern city. Their findings, published online by Pediatrics on October 27th (and also in the November 2014 print version of the journal), identify cases along the entire FASD spectrum in this general school population. Specifically, the rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) was found to be 6 to 9 cases per 1,000 children studied, and the prevalence of partial FAS (pFAS) cases ranged from 11 to 17 cases per 1,000. Total cases of any form of FASD ranged from 24 to 48 cases per 1,000.
This study suggests that diagnosable cases within the FASD spectrum may be far more common than older estimates have indicated. These include Dr. May’s own findings of 20091, which suggested that the overall prevalence of FASD in the general population was approximately 9.1 cases per 1,000, or 1%. If the new data are suggestive of changes in the overall FASD case rates, prevalence may be closer to 4%.
Click here to read a U.S. News & World Report article about the new study.
Click here to read a free abstract or purchase the article.
Click FASD in Review published by SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, which examines the article “Prevalence and Characteristics of FASD”.