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. 1- Season of Giving

Season of Giving

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

E-Newsletter – December 2014, Vol. 1

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Dear friend of MOFAS,
MOFAS needs you to invest in supporting families and preventing FASD. There is more work to be done before we can imagine a world where women do not drink alcohol while pregnant, and people living with an FASD are identified, supported and valued. Please help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 by December 31, 2014.

Donate to MOFAS Through Amazon Smile
You Shop. Amazon Gives. Get all your holiday shopping done and support MOFAS at the same time. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to MOFAS whenever you shop on Amazon Smile.

FASD & Human Rights- Webinar
In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MOFAS will present a webinar on “FASD & Human Rights.” A human rights based approach and framework should serve as the foundation to address FASD to protect the rights of children, adults, women, families, and communities impacted by an FASD.

Town Hall Forums
We encourage you to advocate for MOFAS as an organization and for other individuals and families affected by FASD. There are several Town Hall Forums coming up where you can make your voice be heard. If you would like to participate please contact anne@mofas.org.

For Families

MOFAS Hangout: Dinner and a Movie…Supersized- St. Paul
December 12, 2014
Join us for dinner and the giant movie Flight of the Butterflies on the Omnitheatre’s 90ft screen at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

MOFAS Hangout: Holiday Party and Bonfire- Elk River
December 13, 2014
Get in the holiday spirit, make holiday treats, and enjoy good food and friends!

Meet Devonte, the Little Boy with a Big Heart
A young boy who was born into a life of drugs, extreme poverty, danger and destined for a bleak future is defying stereotypes in the most remarkable way. And his latest encounter at a grocery store is bound to open your eyes, widen your mind and capture your heart.

Navigating Autism at MSP Airport
Many families avoid air travel because of concerns about how their child with autism might react to the unknown of flying. To help ease the anxiety, the Metropolitan Airport Commission has partnered with Autism Society of Minnesota and Fraser to introduce MSP Airport’s Navigating Autism Program. Designed specifically with autism – and other neuro-diverse families – the program takes families through the steps of an airport visit, from walking through the front doors to finding their seat on a plane. To learn more on how to register, visit http://ausm.org/navigating-autism.html

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.

Police Officers Mentor Children with Fetal Alcohol Disorder
Colombo first met the traffic officer about 18 months ago when his mother walked into the Elmira detachment of Waterloo Regional Police Service. She was looking for a role model for her special-needs son.Then began what has blossomed into Reach for It! — a program involving recreation and education and mentorship for children and youth living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

For Professionals

Public Awareness Grants
This is an opportunity for organization to host a 049 event in their community. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 30, 2015. You may contact alexa@mofas.org with questions or for more information. The RFP along with the application can be found on the MOFAS website at https://www.proofalliance.org/2014/09/2015-public-awareness-grant/. Please share with others who may be interested in applying.

FASD & Human Rights- Webinar
In honor of Human Rights Day on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MOFAS will present a webinar on “FASD & Human Rights.” A human rights based approach and framework should serve as the foundation to address FASD to protect the rights of children, adults, women, families, and communities impacted by an FASD. Every day is human rights day #rights365.

Addiction & Recovery

Alcohol Abuse During the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us and alcohol is frequently more visible and free flowing during this time. Exactly where the line is between heavy drinking and clinical alcoholism can be vague.

Women Address Addiction
Women stood up and told their stories, of breakdowns personal and systemic, of secret-keeping, shame and addiction’s slow, suicidal spread and stranglehold over their loved ones. Survival stories surfaced, too, of women beating back the odds, who got the help they needed and reclaimed their lives.

Coping with Addiction and Recovery During the Holidays
One in ten Americans deal with addiction and recovery. The added stress of the Holiday’s can be a trigger for these folks, but Willingway Hospital has some coping tips. Top 10 Willingway Sober Holiday Tips.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

Dr. Oz and Roizen: Here’s the Low Down on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Q: My sister is having her first child and still has the occasional glass of wine with dinner. She claims that there’s no risk if she’s moderate, but it worries me. What’s the bottom line here?

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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