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.
By: Alexa McIndoe, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Names have been changed to protect identities.
Advocates, you did it! Your advocacy efforts during the 2015 legislative session helped MOFAS secure funding for the Community of Recovery Aiding Families in Transition (CRAFT) Program in Olmsted County. CRAFT helps support women who are chemically dependent to maintain a healthy sober life and help women become better equipped parents. When mothers are supported and receive help and resources they need, they not only become successful and healthy but they become better parents. Thanks to your advocacy, CRAFT continues to be funded and has had great outcomes from their program.
When Kelly* came to CRAFT she was struggling as a new mom parenting her two month old daughter and was under the influence of heroin and alcohol. She lived and worked in a toxic environment that made it a struggle for her to stay sober. With the help from CRAFT Kelly was given the supports and services she needed to become sober. Kelly knew that if she continued to work for her family-owned restaurant serving alcohol she would not be able to stay sober and CRAFT was able to help her find other employment options. Kelly attended AA/NA meetings, had a sponsor, and started building healthy relationships with other members in CRAFT.
The way CRAFT is structured helped Kelly stay on track by setting specific goals and action steps which helped her become a better mom. Through CRAFT Kelly was introduced to the Parents Are Important in Rochester (PAIIR) parent educators and public health nurses and she feels that she is better prepared and able to provide a better life for her daughter.
Congratulations to Kelly for her new job working at Perkins, graduating from the CRAFT program, and for being 18 months sober. Women in the CRAFT program are given the opportunity they may not have had elsewhere and are making huge strides. Kelly still attends CRAFT groups to reach out to other moms and attends AA/NA meetings. With the step by step approach to problem solving, planning, and support, Kelly has successfully embraced a sober and healthy lifestyle for her and her daughter.
Imagine if the funding for CRAFT was cut from the last legislative session. What if CRAFT hadn’t been there for Kelly? What would have happened to her and her daughter? Thankfully we don’t have to worry about that because with your advocacy work through talking to your legislators, donating to MOFAS, and attending FASD Day at the Capitol, we made a difference. These programs directly impact people’s lives and we couldn’t continue this work without your support. We can continue to make a difference at the 2016 FASD Day at the Capitol because our new policy initiatives are equally important and we’ll have strength in numbers if you join us. Advocates we need you. Register today.