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. 2 – #fasdmatters

#fasdmatters

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

E-Newsletter – February 2015, Vol. 2

New in the MOFAS World


#fasdmatters
Join the Minnesota FASD community as we come together as one voice, to educate legislators on why #fasdmatters. Don’t miss out. The more voices we have there – the stronger our message will be! The first 100 people who arrive will receive a really cool MOFAS t-shirt!

Job Opportunity
MOFAS is accepting applications for a full time employee as an operations coordinator. MOFAS is looking for an individual who wants to work in a fast paced environment. Someone who is passionate about our mission and about the high level of quality work they produce.

For Families


Social Skills Group for Ages 5-8!
Lifetrack Resources is enrolling families right now for the social skills groups starting in March. There group is for ages 5-8 on Tuesday 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.

Life Prep Course in Duluth and Iron Range
Residential Services Inc. (RSI) is now enrolling young adults for their Life Prep Course. This course will meet twice a month and will cover social rules, safety, self-care, and other life skills over a 10 month period. The group will include various hands-on activities and therapies, including sand tray therapy, biofeedback, and equine (horse) therapy in the summer months. The course starts in March and will end with a celebration in December. One Life Prep Course will take place in Duluth and another will take place on the Iron Range. This program is funded by a MOFAS grant.

Young Adult Club in Duluth
Arc Northland will have a Young Adult Club (YAC) that will meet twice a month in Duluth with a different focus every three months. The first segment will focus on building social skills and will be from March to May. Activities will address interpersonal skills, non-verbal communication, problem solving, decision making, and impulse control. Future segments will focus on practical skills, such as meal planning (June to August) and conceptual skills, like financial planning (September to November). This program is funded by a MOFAS grant.

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.

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.

Facebook Virtual Family Center (VFC) Chats with FASD Educator Jeff Noble
March 3 & March 10, from 9-10:30PM

*VFC membership required to participate.
Get a chance to live chat about parenting topics related to FASD. Members of the VFC will have the opportunity to chat with Jeff Noble to learn new skills, get questions answered and help better prepare caregivers to support their children. These events are for VFC members only and we would love for you to become a member. Find out how to request membership.

FASD Basics- Virginia
March 5, 2015, 6-8PM
This presentation will provide an overview of FASD, explore the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure, and provide a summary in order for professionals to be equipped with the tools to better identify this population and formulate an effective response to supporting individuals on the FASD spectrum. Also, hear about statewide resources on FASD and meet local representatives that are available to provide peer-support for families impacted by an FASD.

Hip Hop Dance Class for Everyone- Bloomington
March 8, 2015, 2-5PM

Come join MOFAS for this fun, unique activity for families and MOFAS Hangout teen participants to do together. Come learn some hip hop dance moves from a professional instructor and make some new friends. *Teens will get a chance to do an activity on their own.

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.

Speakers Bureau Training- Twin Cities
March 13, 2015

Want to be an advocate for FASD? Are you passionate about volunteering? Would you like to strengthen your public speaking skills? Join us for this session as we will cover the basics of the Speaker’s Bureau, network with new and existing members and participate in a public speaking workshop.

Featured Webinar: Navigating Life with an FASD: The Right to a Good Life
View our On-Demand Webinars of a recorded presentation by Kathy Hotelling, PhD, ABPP. Individuals with an FASD have a right to a “good life.” This presentation will focus on how a vision for a good and productive life that meets the needs of the individuals can be achieved through the combined efforts of caregivers, professionals, and individuals on the spectrum.

Addiction and Recovery


Meridian goes upscale with addiction treatment center
Competition in Minnesota and across the country is heating up among addiction treatment centers, with financial analysts predicting growth due to the large pool of patients currently going without treatment.

Health educators warn parents about trending substance abuse; vodka-soaked tampons
Kids are learning about ways to use household items to get high and drunk. Some of the trends are outrageous, like teens using feminine products soaked in alcohol. Health educators at Byrnes Health Education Center are speaking to parents about what their kids could be abusing. This week they sat down with parents at Reynolds Middle School for “Drugs 101.”

Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
Until the ’80s, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance abuser. Each had parallel treatment and discrete funding streams. As that decade drew to a close, so appeared the term dual diagnosis, a clinical moniker which appropriately — finally! — acknowledges the reality that those who experience substance abuse disorders were almost always in the throes of one or more concurrent mental health disorders that needed treatment.

Alcohol and 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!

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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