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.
Prenatal alcohol exposure (or drinking alcohol during pregnancy) can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD is not a diagnosis but rather an umbrella term describing the range of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.
The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure can impact each person differently. Some of the signs to look for that may indicate the need for an FASD assessment include:
Unfortunately, there is not a simple medical test (such as a blood test) that can be used to confirm a diagnosis under the FASD umbrella. Instead, FASD is diagnosed by a team of professionals assessing 4 specific areas:
Receiving an assessment can help determine an accurate medical history and connect you with the supports needed to help your child reach their full potential. An assessment can help your family create an effective plan for services and support. It can provide greater understanding and acceptance, and it can contribute to more positive long-term outcomes.
To find the clinic nearest to you that provides FASD assessments, visit our online Resource Directory at proofalliance.org
Last updated: June 2019