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.

December 2014, Vol. 2- Happy Holidays

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

E-Newsletter – December 2014, Vol. 2

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MOFAS Still Needs Your Help
A big thank you to everyone who has donated to the MOFAS Year End Campaign. To date, we have raised $7,000. But we have a ways to go to reach our goal of raising $25,000 by December 31, 2014. MOFAS cannot do this work without you. These hopes and dreams are fueled and funded by you. Make your investment right now.

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You Shop. Amazon Gives. There is still time for holiday shopping and chance to support MOFAS. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to MOFAS whenever you shop on Amazon Smile.

Have an Idea for a Public Awareness Event?
Want to host a community baby shower, a community roundtable discussion, college awareness day, or some other type of event? Now is your chance to share the 049 message in your community by applying for a public awareness grant for up to $2,000. The application deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015. Download the RFP with the application at https://www.proofalliance.org/2014/09/2015-public-awareness-grant/. For questions please contact alexa@mofas.org.

For Families

New Support Group- Detroit Lakes
Monday, January 12, 2015, 9-10AM
Support group opportunity at the Detroit Lakes Perkins. Come to connect with friends, share, and collaborate through MOFAS.

A Parent Evening on Social Skills for Children- Minneapolis
January 15, 2015, 7-8PM
Dr. Frankel, parent of three children, and the premier expert in social skills training for children ages 2-16 will give caregivers an opportunity to learn about social skills your child can learn. Dr. Frankel developed the UCLA Children’s Friendship Training Program. Several new MOFAS community grantees will also share highlights of their social skills programs!

Alexandria Team Building & Support Group- Alexandria
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9-11AM
Support group with a twist! Join us for some team building and activites that will grow relationships, improve communication and serve as a vehicle to have fun!

MOFAS Hangout: Roller Skate Party- Minneapolis
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2-4PM

Let’s hangout and have an old school roller skating party! This event is free. We will have reserved tables, pizza and beverages. *RSVP quickly, maximum of 15 participants. RSVP to marissa@mofas.org.

MOFAS Family Snow Tubing- Scandia
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 3-6PM

Join other MOFAS families for snow tubing, support, and snacks at Eko Backen. There is a private loft with tables and seating, there is a tow rope and multiple hills to suit all abilities. Cost is $12/person (includes tubing, snacks and beverages, other food available on site for purchase.

Employment for Young Adults with an FASD
MOFAS funds programs to help young adults find and keep work. MOFAS has funded employment agencies throughout Minnesota to work with local employers and help young adults ages 16-25 with an FASD, find and keep a job. Hear about their progress and success stories. If you or someone you know has an FASD and is in need of employment services, find more information and contacts here.

For Professionals

MOFAS Now Features On-Demand Webinars
Now offering On-Demand Webinars on a variety of topics, to increase knowledge and a better understanding of the impact, treatment and prevention of FASD. Some topics include: Neurodiversity as the Next Civil Rights Movement, Introducation to FASD and Human Rights, It’s a Matter of Justice: Modifications for Disability in the Court Room, Making Employment Work for You, and many more.

Have an Idea for a Public Awareness Event?
Want to host a community baby shower, a community roundtable discussion, college awareness day, or some other type of event? Now is your chance to share the 049 message in your community by applying for a public awareness grant for up to $2,000. The application deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015. Download the RFP with the application at https://www.proofalliance.org/2014/09/2015-public-awareness-grant/. For questions please contact alexa@mofas.org.

Addiction & Recovery

Substance Abuse Treatment Often Impossible to Find
*Trigger warning, stories include childhood trauma and sexual abuse.

A series of stories brought to you by USA Today from their Cost of Not Caring series. Many people with mental illness also suffer from addiction.

More People with Mental Illnesses are Seeking Treatment, Speaking Out
“While providing treatment and support is important, another key part of the mental health issue is educating the public about the illnesses. Called mental health promotion, the state and Human Services Department works to help people identify mental illness and let people know there are services availabe to them, and they are not alone.”

Pregnancy and Addiction: Should the State Mandate Treatment?
In Tennessee the law makes it possible for a pregnant woman to be charged with assault for the use of a narcotic drug while pregnant if her child is born harmed by the drug. The law has been controversial, with opponents saying it’s counter-productive to put a drug-addicted mother in jail. Tom Castelli, American Civil Liberties Union, says threatening thse mothers with the criminal justice system doesn’t help when there’s not enough drug treatment facilities to begin with. Hear more from Tom and his presentation on the Criminialization of Mothers Struggling with Addiction, part of the On-Demand Webinars provided by MOFAS.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

American Indian Communities and FASD Awareness
Read our community grantee highlights along with their success stories of sharing the 049 message and their successful efforts.

Alcohol, Pregnancy, and Racial and Social Class Bias
“It’s true. We don’t know how much alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy, but numerous animal and human studies are working toward that definition. Until these studies can define that level, we must continue to reinforce the message that no amount of alcohol is safe to drink during 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.

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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