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.
CNN, Time, and The New York Times covered a new JAMA study finding that one in 20 first graders—or possibly even more are suspected of having a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). More media outlets will likely continue to publish stories on this important new study.
“This study reinforces that prenatal alcohol exposure is a huge public health issue that cannot be dismissed,” says Sara Messelt, executive director of the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). “This is why MOFAS has advocated for twenty years, and continues to advocate, for state policy changes to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure, ensure women’s access to treatment, and support families impacted by FASD. We need more of all these things than we currently have.”
People on the fetal alcohol spectrum often go undiagnosed—only two of 222 children identified by the study’s researchers to have an FASD had already been diagnosed for many reasons. The percentage of people with an FASD diagnosis may be higher in Minnesota than the numbers in this study indicate. “Minnesota is a national leader in terms of identifying and addressing FASD, thanks to two decades of commitment from the state and advocacy to address this disability,” says Messelt, “but even still, we have so far to go.”