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 – March 2015, Vol. 1
New in the MOFAS World
FASD Umbrella Term
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a set of physical, behavioral and cognitive disorders seen in children and adults who were exposed to alcohol while they were developing in the womb. FASD is not a medical diagnosis. It is an umbrella term over the different diagnoses on the spectrum of disorders. Read more on diagnosis.
Questions Related to FASD Screening and Diagnosis?
Have you used the MOFAS Resource Guide? A great tool to find answers about diagnosis, secondary characteristics of FASD, early childhood and youth screening, and more.
MOFAS is Hiring Statewide (5 Open Positions)
MOFAS is accepting applications for a full time Operations Coordinator, and four part time (20 hours/week) Family Engagement Coordinators. MOFAS is looking for people who are passionate about our mission and doing high quality work. To apply or share this information.
Hand in Hand Super Saturdays!
The Hand in Hand trainings are being offered all around MN. This is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and professionals who care for and support those who have received or suspect an FASD, to come together and learn about FASD in a supportive and informal setting. Topics include: FASD Basics, FASD at Home, FASD at School, and Building Strong Families. Find a Hand in Hand in your area.
Hip Hop Dance Class for Everyone- Bloomington
March 8, 2015, 2-5PM
Come join MOFAS for this fun, unique activity for the whole family 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.
Young Adult Club (YAC)- Duluth
March 8, 2015, 4:30-6:30PM
YAC is a skills group for transition age youth (age 14-25) who have an FASD. The group will cover a variety of topics from social skills to communication, money management, meal planning and more. These events are funded by the MOFAS Adaptive Functioning Grants.Find other groups like these that are offered.
Facebook Virtual Family Center (VFC) Chats with FASD Educator Jeff Noble
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.
Family Fun Event- Sartell
March 13, 6-8PM
Join us for pizza and a movie!
Hope for Healing: Understanding Trauma and Attachment- Coon Rapids
March 14, 2015
When we hear adoptive/foster parents say that they have tried everything, and they are ready to give up, chances are they are dealing with trauma and attachment issues. Please join this interactive workshop with presenter Mary M. McGowan, Executive Director of The Association for Treatment and Training in The Attachement of Children (ATTACh), to learn more about attachment and how to help your children by knowing how to parent them and how to choose a good trauma informed therapist.
YouthACT ThunderCats Peer Network- St. Paul
March 19, 2015, 5-7PM
Become part of a movement. YouthACT is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders. We are looking for individuals between the ages of 12-25 with and without an FASD to participate in monthly activities.
Call for Presentations
MOFAS is seeking presenters for the 2015 FASD matters conference: across the life span. We are looking for presentations that: provide new information, ideas and solutions for families, agencies, and systems to implement, share innovative strategies, tools, and best practices, and to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of those living and/or working with someone with an FASD. Request for Proposal Form (PDF).
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.
FASD Basics- Duluth
March 31, 2015, 6-8PM
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a range of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. 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.
Addiction and Recovery
Bill Seeks to Expand Help for Moms Struggling with Addiction
“The most important thing I learned while in the program was that I’m not alone and that I don’t have to be, and that I can do and be the person and mother I need and want to be,” an emotional Seaver told a crowd gathered as part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day (FASD) at the Capitol.
Documentary to Show ‘State’ of Substance Abuse and Recovery Among Youth
“The kids in the film are relatable to the average high school student,” said Arcadia’s Kate Byrne, who had written and was awarded a grant by the Alliance for the screening. “The students in the film discuss the ways in which using has affected their lives and the choices they’ve made since. It shows what they go through each day to make sure they aren’t using.”
Clients Celebrate the Future of Stage 2 Recovery and Relapse Prevention Program
“I always doubted myself thinking…I just can’t do this. Why do I feel like this? I bet no one else feels like that,” said Denise, a recovering alcoholic, on Saturday. “Three years into my recovery I was still having those doubts. Thankfully the Stage 2 program opened my eyes.”
Alcohol and Pregnancy
Come Visit MOFAS at Our Booths
Come get a free 049-zero alcohol for nine months baby onesie, and other MOFAS goodies at these events.
North Memorial Vendor Fair- Robbinsdale
April 8, 2015, 10AM-3:30PM
First Steps Baby Expo- St. Cloud
April 11, 2015, 9AM-2PM
Birth and Baby Fair- Duluth
April 18, 2015, 10AM-2PM
Get Featured on the MOFAS Facebook
Have you gotten a 049 onesie? Is your baby wearing it? Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and be featured on our Facebook.
MOFAS Baby Shower Bonus
Are you having a baby shower, 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.