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 is unique in that we have a dual mission. One half of the mission is to prevent disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure; the other half is to improve the quality of life for people with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). In our 2017 annual report, you’ll see highlights from our programs and activities, all of which seek to have the maximum impact on individuals and families on both sides of our mission.
This year I especially want to highlight one program that’s near and dear to my heart: Family-Centered Long-Term Recovery Supports. It’s a startlingly effective FASD prevention strategy for people who need more than public health information in order to have an alcohol-free pregnancy. In one 3.5-year period, this program served 298 women at an average cost of $2,467 per family for the entire 3.5 years, or $705 per family per year. Only four babies were born with prenatal substance exposure during that period. The program works by supporting women with a history of substance use disorders who are pregnant or parenting young children by leveraging existing community resources. I invite you to read further to see the huge impact this and all of our other programs and activities had in Minnesota in 2017.
I’ll wrap up by noting that, as we round the corner to our 20th anniversary in 2018, I feel especially deep gratitude toward our volunteers and supporters. You’re our partners in bringing about the accomplishments we name in this report. Thank you so much for all you do both for and with this incredible organization. We couldn’t do all that we do without you.
Sara Messelt, executive director