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.
Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
E-Newsletter – September 2014, Vol. 2
New in the MOFAS World
Have You Been Reading “Drink”?
How are our MOFAS Book Club members? What do you think of the book so far? Write to us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOFAS.org and share your thoughts. Don’t forget, we’ll have a live Facebook chat with author Ann Dowsett Johnston on October 9 at 11AM.
Thank you to all of our wonderful golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and staff to help make this event spectacular. We appreciate everyone of you and we are proud of how many supporters we have for the MOFAS mission. We hope to see you again next year. Have a look and check out our photos on Facebook.
New Grants Available
MOFAS has released our Request for Proposals for upcoming grant opportunities. There are two grant options: one will focus on improving adaptive functioning skills for individuals with an FASD and the other will feature our annual public awareness grants. More information on both of these grants can be found on the MOFAS website at https://www.proofalliance.org/for-professionals/grants/apply/. Please share with others who may be interested.
As a kickoff to this year’s FASD matters conference, MOFAS invites you to a welcome reception and MOFAS Annual Celebration where you can network with other conference participants and enjoy an inspirational message from special guest and Minnesota native, Billy McLaughlin. Read more about Billy…
MOFAS Hangout: Pizza and Public Transportation- St. Paul
Join us for some pizza and a train ride! Doug Cook from Metro Transit will teach us about navigating public transportation. We will discuss safety, bus routes, train routes, Go-To-Cards and how to pay. We will even take a practice trip together on the new Green Line train!
MOFAS Hangout: Mississippi River Canoe Adventure
Wilderness Inquiry staff and MOFAS staff will greet you at the East River Flats Park in Minneapolis. Everyone will receive life jackets and learn about safety and canoeing.
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.
FASD Family Resource Coordinator – Metro & Northwest MN (Two Open Positions)
MOFAS provides support to families through a network of contractors called Family Resource Coordinators. We are looking for two qualified individuals to join our team of contractors to provide in-person and virtual support to families living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
New Grant Opportunities from MOFAS!
MOFAS has released our Request for Proposals for upcoming grant opportunities. There are two grant options: one will focus on improving adaptive functioning skills for individuals with an FASD and the other will feature our annual public awareness grants. More information on both of these grants can be found on the MOFAS website at https://www.proofalliance.org/for-professionals/grants/apply/
What You Need to Know About FASD- Baxter
October 7, 5:30-7PM
MOFAS in collaboration with the Amazing Journey in Baxter are hosting an exciting free community training to provide an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. This training is geared for caregivers and professionals.
Adaptive Functioning Skills Grant Pre-proposal Conferences- Metro Area
The goal of this grant is to build the capacity of community based agencies to serve individuals impacted by an FASD, by helping them improve their adaptive functioning skills. FASD can make it challenging to accomplish some daily tasks and social interactions that are imperative for someone to function in everyday situations. These grant funds are available to help agencies create new opportunities for individuals with an FASD to develop their adaptive functioning skills and improve their quality of life. Join the pre-proposal conference to learn more about the requirements and get answers to your questions.
September National Recovery Month
September marks the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month. Designated as a national observance by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month is celebrated to raise awareness about the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. It calls attention to addiction treatment and mental health services and highlights lives reclaimed through treatment and a commitment to recovery.
Recovering Addicts Giving Back to Community
A celebration was held in Denver on Wednesday to honor a select group of women who overcame drug addiction and enhanced their lives by giving back to their communities.
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.
The Gyno Show on TALK 107.1
MOFAS is scheduled to be guests on The Gyno Show on 107.1 TALK on Sunday, 9/21 from 7-9PM with Dr. Eric Heegard. Tune in to hear Dr. Jeff Wozniak, Co-director of the University of MN FASD Center and Emily Gunderson with MOFAS, talk about why women are still confused on “how much alcohol is safe” and answer questions on several of the common myths around this topic.
This Is Your Child’s Brain on Alcohol
The impacts of a mother drinking during pregnancy are not seen immediately. Brain damage slowly shows itself when the baby is small and fails to grow, speech comes late, colors are not learned by kindergarten, and school becomes a daily challenge.
Native American Day Celebration- Minneapolis
September 27, 2014
10th Annual Native American Day Celebration. Visit the MOFAS booth for more resources for families, professionals, and information on alcohol and pregnancy. This is a great health fair full of local resources and activities.
Miller Hill Mall Baby Shower and Toddler Expo
September 27, 2014
FREE, FUN and educational for the entire family-don’t forget your cameras! Interactive fun for parents and child …such as arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals and more! Exhibitors with education, resources, give-aways and demonstration.
Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo- Minneapolis
October 4, 2014
Join MOFAS at this expo full of speakers, presentations, classes and other special events. Enter to win prizes and get your own 049 baby onesie.
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.