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.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refers to a range of birth defects that can occur when a pregnancy is exposed to alcohol. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. Prenatal alcohol exposure can also cause brain injury.
The only known cause of FASD is prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD cannot be “passed down” from a parent with an FASD, and it cannot be caused by a partner’s drinking. FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol throughout pregnancy.
Unfortunately, there is not a simple medical test (such as a blood test) that can be used to confirm a diagnosis. Instead, FASD is diagnosed by a team of trained professionals. To learn more about the screening process, visit our website at proofalliance.org.
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:
There is currently not a cure for FASD. However, research suggests that early intervention and treatment can improve a child’s development and overall quality of life.
1 in 9 women drink alcohol during pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure is a complex public health issue, and many factors may lead to an
With the right information and support, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can be prevented.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you can reduce the risk of FASD by choosing not to drink any alcohol throughout your entire pregnancy. Speak with your health care provider if you would like information about the resources in your community that provide support for alcohol-free pregnancies.
You can also prevent prenatal alcohol exposure by preventing unplanned pregnancy. Speak with your health care provider about the different family planning options available to you. On average, couples who are sexually active but do not use birth control have an 85% chance of becoming pregnant; using contraception (birth control) will significantly reduce your chance of having an unintended pregnancy.
Last updated: June 2019