Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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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.

Advocates to Rally on Tuesday for Nonpartisan Measures to Prevent and Address Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Media Contact: Sara Messelt, Executive Director sara@mofas.org O: 651-917-2370 C: 612-618-4156

Saint Paul, Minn. – February 23, 2018, Advocates for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will gather from all parts of the state for FASD Day at the Capitol this Tuesday, February 27. A record number of advocates—170—plan to attend the event.

FASD has had a growing profile in the U.S. recently and is a more common disability than many people realize. In early February, a new National Institutes of Health study was released indicating that as many as one in 20 first graders have an FASD, possibly more—that is more common than autism. FASD is a range of effects that can occur when a developing fetus is prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD can include physical disabilities as well as difficulties with behavior and learning. These conditions are lifelong and irreversible, and there is no cure.

The FASD Day at the Capitol is organized and hosted by the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). MOFAS will advance four legislative priorities this year, including:

  1. Expand the definition of “brain injury” to include congenital brain injuries such as those caused by prenatal alcohol exposure so people with an FASD can qualify for more intensive, brain injury-focused services for which they are otherwise eligible. (H.F. 1383; S.F. 1032)
  2. Require one hour of training on FASD for all non-emergency foster parents. This training would provide an overview of FASD, effective parenting strategies, resource information, and referrals for support. Currently only newly licensed foster parents must have FASD training in their first year. (No bill numbers yet.)
  3. Continue community-based services for pregnant women and mothers with histories of substance use disorders to help them stay healthy, maintain sobriety, and be good parents. These services are known as the Community of Recovery and Family Transitions (CRAFT) Project. During a 3.5-year period, CRAFT served 298 pregnant women trying to maintain recovery, and only four had babies with prenatal substance use exposure. (No bill number will be issued.)
  4. Support programming to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and improve quality of life for people with an FASD. Since 2004, the Minnesota Department of Health awarded MOFAS a grant to develop a comprehensive strategy to address FASD through diagnostic services, community grants, intervention and family support, public awareness, and professional education. This work remains critical and continues to require funding, given that FASD is still a sizeable public health issue. (No bill number will be issued.)

A legislative priorities update and advocacy training will take place from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall in the basement of Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill at 105 University Av. W., St Paul, MN 55155. Governor Dayton, who has been a strong supporter of MOFAS’s mission, plans to speak at 10:30 a.m., as do five legislators who will address the group throughout the morning: Representative Joe Schomacker (R), Senator Melisa Franzen (D), Senator Kent Eken (D), Senator Jim Abeler (R), and Representative Nick Zerwas (R). Then the advocates will participate in the Disability Day at the Capitol rally in the Capitol rotunda from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

About the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)

MOFAS has been the hub of hope for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), guiding and supporting families through the FASD journey since 1998. MOFAS is the leading voice and resource on FASD statewide, standing up for the rights of the FASD community, providing education and training so FASD is better understood and working to ensure that all women know that there is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy. For more information contact MOFAS at 651-917-2370 or visit www.proofalliance.org.
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