Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

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).

Why PR%F

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.

Why Alliance?

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.

What's Next?

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.

How Do I Know If I Have an FASD?

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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.1 If you think you might have an FASD and want to learn more about the FASD assessment process, find a clinic in your area using our Resource Directory for clinics in Minnesota.

Signs that may indicate the need for an FASD assessment include:

  • History of prenatal alcohol exposure2
  • Received many diagnoses such as ADHD, autism, reactive attachment disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, etc.3
  • Easily distracted, hyperactive, inattentive, impulsive4
  • Consistently displays extreme behavior (aggression, emotional instability)5
  • Been involved with the criminal justice system6
  • Has trouble remembering rules7
  • Makes the same mistakes repeatedly8
  • Displays difficulties in holding a job9
  • Raised in foster care or adopted1
  • History of chemical dependency10

Are there services that I can receive if I have an FASD?

Yes! There are a variety of services that you may be eligible for. At Proof Alliance our staff can provide one-on-one support to help you navigate services. You can also visit our FASD Service Handbook and Resource Directory to find services in your community. The Disability Benefits 101 website is another helpful tool to help you explore what services you might qualify for to best fit your needs.

Sources:

  1. Chasnoff IJ, Wells AM, King L. Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnoses in Foster and Adopted Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. Pediatrics. 2015; 135(2): 264-270.
  2. May PA et al. Maternal alcohol consumption producing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD): quantity, frequency, and timing of drinking. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2013; 133(2): 502-512.
  3. Goh PK, et al. A Decision Tree to Identify Children Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Expsoure. Journal of Pediatrics. 2016;177:121-127.
  4. Young S, Absoud M, Blackburn C, Branney P, Colley B, Farrag E, & … Mukherjee R. Guidelines for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder and associated fetal alcohol spectrum disorders based upon expert consensus. BMC Psychiatry. 2016; 16(1):324.
  5. Domeij H, et al. Experiences of Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Data. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2018;60(8):741-752.
  6. Flannigan K, Pei J, Rasmussen C, Potts S, O’Riordan T. A Unique Response to Offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Perceptions of the Alexis FASD Justice Program. Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice. 2018;60(1):1-33.
  7. Masotti P, Longstaffe S, Gammon H, Isbister J, Maxwell B, Hanlon-Dearman A. Integrating care for individuals with FASD: results from a multi-stakeholder symposium. BMC Health Services Research. 2015;15(1):1-12.
  8. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (US). Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2014. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 58.) Chapter 2, Addressing FASD in Treatment. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK344242/
  9. Rutman D, Van Bibber M. Parenting with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction. 2010;8(2):351-361.
  10. Millar JA,Thompson J, Schwab D, et al. Educating students with FASD: linking policy, research and practice. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. 2017;17(1):3-17.

Last updated: April 2019


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