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.
April 7, 2015
By: Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, Anne M. Wells, PhD, Lauren King, MA
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) is more common than one might think. PAE is just one of the disorders under the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) umbrella and the prevalence rate of FASD is higher than the rate of Autism. This study goes into explaining that there are missed diagnoses for children who are in foster care and or adopted.
“Researchers speculate that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders often are not recognized or diagnosed correctly. This is the first study to assess the rate of missed diagnoses and misdiagnosis in foster and adopted children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.”
New FASD in Review Examines Study on Missed and Misdiagnosis of FASD
The latest FASD in Review examines a recent article by Ira Chasnoff and colleagues, published in the journal Pediatrics. This archival study examined the rate of misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses of FASD among a sample of foster and adopted children at a children’s mental health center in Chicago, Illinois. The results of this study reported that 86 percent of FASD cases were either missed (80%) or incorrectly diagnosed (6%) at referral in this sample of foster and adoptive care populations. Combined with other recent data suggesting that the prevalence of FASD is higher than previously believed, these findings hold significant implications related to the need for FASD training and increased FASD diagnostic capacity across the country.