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.
MOFAS young adults had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. as part of our National Youth and Young Adult Peer Advocacy Network. Of the 7 participants, there was representation from 6 different states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota, Georgia, and Tennessee. The inaugural group had the opportunity to participate in team building activities and engaged in self-advocacy training.
Our ThunderCat co-chairs (Alex and Gary) represented Minnesota well and had the opportunity to deliver a young adult panel to the attendees of the NOFAS affiliate meeting. The team prepared personal talking points to support the inclusion of FASD as a specific disability category under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They also shared their talking points with law makers during their Capitol Hill appointments.
These impressive young adults deserve recognition on their dedication and hard work. They left the meeting having made new friends and are excited about continuing to educate others about the need to include FASD under IDEA. Not only was the meeting a great way for the young adults to become FASD advocates but it gave them confidence about their leadership skills. Plus, they all got to make new friends and to felt a new level of independence away from their caregivers. Parents were also excited for some brief respite and to connect with other families that understand their journey. At the end of the event, families through their tears expressed their heartfelt gratitude and their continued commitment to MOFAS and working towards educational equity!
Watch our videos highlighting our Washington, D.C. trip below.