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.

February 2015, Vol. 1- #fasdmatters

#fasdmatters

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

E-Newsletter – February 2015, Vol. 1

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Make Your Voice Heard
Join the Minnesota FASD community as we come together as one voice, to educate legislators on why #fasdmatters. We have an impressive line up of legislators, who are Chief Authors on proposed legislation that could impact the FASD community who will be speaking. Don’t miss out. The more voices we haev there – the stronger our message will be! The first 100 people who arrive will receive a really cool MOFAS t-shirt!

Adaptive Functioning Skills Groups Announced
MOFAS is happy to announce the new Adaptive Functioing Skills Grants! These agencies will receive grant funds to provide programs that help improve adaptive functioing skills for individuals with an FASD. As each program starts we will be sharing their flyer with more information. We are very excited to have more supportive services for families that are specifically designed for individuals with an FASD. Frequent the MOFAS calendar for upcoming groups.

Job Placement Success- Rise
MOFAS grant enables Rise employment staff to address specific needs of people who have an FASD. Rise offers career planning and job placement services for individuals with an FASD. Hear Caitlyn’s story and success she has had as one of the first people to participate in this specialized job placement program. 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’re looking for.

For Families

“DeJunked Art” Project- St. Paul
February 7, 2015, 12:45-2:30PM

Youth ages 7-17 along with their caregiver, will create their project with the guidance of the instructor. The instructor will provide an introduction to design and composition that will help guide students in their process of creating their own unique junk sculptures. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required.

Caregiver Support Group- Brainerd
1st Saturday of the month at 9AM

Join us to meet with other caregivers of kids affected by an FASD to share tips, trials, and triumphs and connect with others who understand.

Social Skills Groups Starting in February!
Lifetrack Resources is enrolling families right now for the social skills groups starting in February. There are two groups, one for ages 5-8 on Tuesday evenings and one for ages 9-12 on Thursday evenings. This 12-week program uses the Children’s Friendship Training curriculum adapted for FASD, The Alert Program (How Does Your Engine Run?), as well as sensory and gross motor activities. The children learn new skills including social problem solving, social rules, interpersonal skills, peer relationships, self esteem, and resilience, while the parents/caregivers learn how to actively participate in their child’s social skills development. The goal is to help the children develop healthy friendships under the guidance of their caregivers.

Sensory Friendly Performance at Children’s Theatre Company of Snowflake
February 20, 2015 at 7PM, 25% discount rate- Buy Tickets

A broken fan is suddenly fashioned into a boomerang. A car trunk springs open into a wacky bedroom. And our stage is transformed into Snowflake’s kittywampus world, where the abandoned junk of life is reinvented by a goofy, sweet, slightly mad genius. With no spoken English, Snowflake is equally accessible to audiences of all languages. Run time is estimated at 65 minutes without an intermission. Recommended for K-4. Sensory Friendly performances at CTC are accommodated to be more inclusive of audience members with sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities. House lights are kept on and dimmed, loud or abrupt sound and light effects are reduced- the environment is sensory-friendly, welcoming, and supported. For more information contact Kaley Brown kbrown@childrenstheatre.org or 612-872-5319.

Young Women’s Day Retreat- St. Paul
February 21, 2015, 10AM-3PM

Join us for a relaxing day just for YOU filled with fun, laughs and new friendships. There will be yoga with an instructor, activities, games and delicious lunch together in the college campus cafeteria. *Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. RSVP required.

Community Training: Understanding the FASD Diagnosis- Maple Grove
February 21, 2015, 1-4PM
Are you new to the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), or do you need a refresher? Do you need to better understand the parts of the brain that are damaged and how it impacts your child’s learning and behaviors? We will cover the basics of the brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure as well as some of the beginning strategies and levels of understanding that parents and caregivers need to better support their children and family structure.

ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival (RFF)- Call for Entries to Minnesota Filmmakers of All Abilities
There will be an information meeting for interested filmmakers and organizations on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 4-5pm at Partnership Resources – 1069 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, 612-331-2075. RFF is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and performing arts expressions of people with disabilities. For more information about ReelAbilities visit their website at www.minneapolis.reelabilities.org.

For Professionals

Community Training: Understanding the FASD Diagnosis- Maple Grove
February 21, 2015, 1-4PM
Are you new to the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), or do you need a refresher? Do you need to better understand the parts of the brain that are damaged and how it impacts your child’s learning and behaviors? We will cover the basics of the brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure as well as some of the beginning strategies and levels of understanding that parents and caregivers need to better support their children and family structure.Featured Webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Research Update
Want to find out more about what is going on in the FASD Research field? View our On-Demand Webinars of a recorded presentation by Dr. Jeff Wozniak of the University of Minnesota for an annual FASD Research Update. In Minnesota, we are fortunate to have one of the national leaders on FASD and research available to provide an up to the minute research update for consumers and professionals.

Addiction & Recovery

Minnesota State Senator Chirs Eaton to Push Legislation to Reform Heroin Treatment
State Sen. Chris Eaton is planning to introduce legislation to encourage opiate treatment providers and doctors to break with an abstinence-based model and embrace evidence-based practices for treating addiction.

Mum who drank eight cans of lager while pregnant apoligises to daughter for giving her Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK
Linda McFadden, 49, went on This Morning to describe how she drank eight cans of lager a day while pregnant. As a result, Claire weighed just 2lb when she was born and has endured a lifetime of learning difficulties and facial deformities caused by the syndrome.Grandparents’ tough choice saves granddaughter from addiction
The Martins, who raised Gabi after her mother died, found out the depth of her addiction when a neighbor told them she overdosed on a street corner in Cincinnati. Gabi survived that experience, but the bottom wasn’t deep enough to break her addiction. Her grandparents signed her up for outpatient treatment.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

Baby & Kids Expo- Mankato
February 21, 2015, 9AM-2PM
Join MOFAS and stop at our booth to celebrate healthy pregnancies and share our 049 message. Stop by and get a free 049 baby onesie, chapsticks, mocktail recipe coasters, and more. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win $100 worth of diapers!New PSA Developed in Effort to Expand FASD Prevention Statewide
A new PSA developed to educate, engage and enlist legislators regarding the need for increased statewide attention to the challenges posed by FASD in Alaska, from a social level to an economic one.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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