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 refers to a range of birth defects including brain injury and physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities.1 These conditions are lifelong and irreversible. Because FASD impacts people for their entire lives, it is important that information, resources, and support are available to adults who have an FASD.
The only way to determine if you have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is to receive an FASD assessment. Only trained professionals can make an FASD diagnosis. FASD is often misdiagnosed because many of the characteristics look the same as mental health disorders.2 It can also be harder to get diagnosed on the fetal alcohol spectrum as an adult, because the characteristics associated with FASD can present differently; for example, the physical features related to FASD may change and growth may normalize, complicating a diagnosis.3
Signs that may indicate the need for an FASD assessment include:
If you think you might have an FASD and want to learn more about the FASD assessment process, there are clinics across the country that can help. In Minnesota, some of the clinics that provide FASD assessments for adults are:
7066 Stillwater Blvd. N.,
Oakdale, MN 55128
124 Elton Hills Ln. NW,
Rochester, MN 55901
333 Main St. N., Suite 205, Stillwater, MN 55082
There are supports and services that can help adults with FASD lead productive, successful, and happy lives. At Proof Alliance our staff can provide one-on-one support to help you navigate services. Call our office at 651-917-2370 for more information. Some of the things we can help you with include:
There are a variety of online resources that are available.
If you want more information, please contact Proof Alliance at
651-917-2370 or visit our website at www.proofalliance.org.
Last updated: May 2019