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.

3 Steps to Be an FASD Advocate

3 steps to be an FASD adovcate

We need your help. We just received great news: SF 2896/HF 3305 (the bill that will require FASD training for foster parents) is going to the floor for a vote early next week. Follow these three steps you can be an FASD advocate and most likely pass this bill to make lives better for individuals with an FASD.

Step 1

Click here to look up your state Senator and Representative. You can find their email and phone number here.

Step 2

Email or call your Representative AND Senator. Urge them to vote for SF2896/HF3305. Use the talking points at the bottom of this post. Also feel free to add your own story. Share how the bill will impact your life or the life of someone you care about. Ask them for a yes or no answer: will you vote for this bill?

Step 3

Invite your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter to contact their legislators as well. #FASDadvocate

We know you care about FASD, and that’s why you need to follow these three steps today. Thanks for all you do to ensure individuals impacted by an FASD can live healthy, happy, productive lives.

Talking Points

  • Foster parents are already required hours of training prior to becoming licensed. This bill would require one hour as part of their training that is focused on FASD. The bill does NOT add an additional hour of training to become a licensed foster care parent. This hour would provide basic training and information on FASD, effective parenting strategies and information on resources and referrals for support.
  • Each year over 7,000 babies are born in Minnesota who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is common, and is very prevalent in the foster care population.1
  • 80% of children with FAS are in foster or adoptive care.2
  • Because of behaviors and a lack of social adaptive skills, children who have been exposed to alcohol prenatally can be very challenging to parent. Without an understanding of the disability a parent can become overwhelmed and frustrated.
  • Lack of understanding, frustration, and ineffectiveness as a foster parent can lead to multiple placements which increases the childhood trauma for children as they go from one foster placement to the next.
  • Foster parents are asking for the tools they need to be effective foster parents.

Please send emails or leave a message for your legislators before Monday, May 2, 2016 — the sooner the better. Thank you so much! Feel free to email Sara at sara@mofas.org with questions or concerns!

Sources

[1] 2009 Annual MN Births, Minnesota State Demographic Center X current percentage of pregnant women who self-identify for drinking alcohol while pregnant from CDC (70,617 births X 10.2% or 1 in 10 )

[2] Burd, 2001; May, Hymbaugh, Aase, & Samet, 1983; Streissguth, Clarren, & Jones, 1985. Studies by May et al., (1983) and Streissguth et al., (1985)

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