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.

What’s Happening at MOFAS

Waiver Programs in Minnesota

Waiver Programs in Minnesota PDF Waiver programs fund home and community-based supports and services to help people with disabilities live at home or in the community, rather than in an institution. Minnesota waiver programs are a part of Medical Assistance (MA, or Medicaid in Minnesota). Waivers may help cover services not covered by other health […]

Differences Between FASD & Autism

Differences Between FASD & Autism PDF Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have a number of overlapping characteristics. They are both neurodevelopmental disabilities that can affect brain function, development, behavior, and social interaction.1, 2 Not only do children with FASD often display a number of autistic-like characteristics, but children with high […]

Busting the Myths about Drinking During Pregnancy

Busting the Myths about Drinking During Pregnancy PDF Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).1 FASD refers to a range of effects including physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. Because there is no known amount of alcohol that can be considered safe during pregnancy, it is advised by all major medical associations, […]

FASD in Adulthood

FASD in Adulthood PDF About 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 […]

Why Do People Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Why Do People Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy? PDF Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol throughout the entire duration of pregnancy. That said, drinking during pregnancy is a complex public health issue, and many factors may lead to an alcohol-exposed pregnancy: Drinking […]

Alcohol Use & Fetal Development

Alcohol Use and Fetal Development PDF Alcohol is a teratogen, which means that it is a substance that can harm a developing fetus.2, 3 Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause serious consequences for multiple organ systems in the fetus, and it is especially harmful to the central nervous system, including the brain.4 The brain is developing […]

Importance of Planned Pregnancies

Importance of Planned Pregnancies PDF In the United States, nearly half (45%) of all pregnancies are unintended.1 Amongst adolescents, this rate is even higher with 75% of pregnancies to people under the age of 20 being unintended.2 An unintended pregnancy is a pregnancy that is mistimed, unplanned, or unwanted at the time of conception.3 Effects […]

What is FASD?

What is FASD PDF Prenatal alcohol exposure (or drinking alcohol during pregnancy) can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD refers to a range of conditions including birth defects, brain injury, and physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities.1 These conditions are lifelong and irreversible. Characteristics of FASD The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure can impact each […]

Caregiver Support Services

Printable PDF Online Support Virtual Family Center (VFC) The Virtual Family Center provides online FASD support for families and caregivers in Minnesota. It is safe, private, and 100% “for caregivers, by caregivers” in the FASD community. Here you can find answers and resolve problems, get advice on navigating complex systems, and most importantly, connect with […]

Evaluation for FASD

Printable PDF What is 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. […]

Drinking Alcohol Before & During Pregnancy

Printable PDF Are you pregnant, or would you like to become pregnant in the next year? Yes Here are some tips for planning a healthy pregnancy: Talk to your health care provider. Discuss medications you take, vaccines you may need, and steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy. Do not use alcohol, tobacco, […]

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Printable PDF What is 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. What causes FASD? The only known […]

Proof Alliance is Moving

Proof Alliance (formerly MOFAS) is excited to announce that we are moving to a new building at 1876 Minnehaha Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104 on Thursday, June 20, 2019. The new building creates an opportunity for Proof Alliance to establish a true center of FASD prevention and support. The center will house our administrative […]

Summer Mocktails

Summer Mocktails The summer solstice is this Friday, June 21. Celebrate the longest day of the year with some of our favorite mocktail recipes! Anyone can enjoy these delicious drinks, but they’re an especially great choice for people who are celebrating an alcohol-free pregnancy. Watermelon Margarita Mocktail Ingredients: 1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into chunks […]

Costs associated with policies regarding alcohol use during pregnancy: Results from 1972-2015 Vital Statistics

Published: May 8, 2019 by PLoS ONE view PDF Meenakshi S. SubbaramanID, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA, United States of America Sarah C. M. Roberts, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California San Francisco, Oakland, CA, […]

Proof Alliance Family Retreat Application 2019

Proof Alliance offers our annual Family Retreat on June 28-30, 2019. Due to limited funding, we can only have one retreat this year. We are returning to Camp Confidence in Brainerd, just 150 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. The event is open to families raising children of all ages with an FASD and their […]

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – With Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak

Today we give an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which includes a collection of disorders that occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol. We discuss this topic with Jeffrey Wozniak, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist with extensive research and clinical experience in FASD.

Live Chat with “When Rain Hurts” author Mary Greene

Published: October 3, 2013 To celebrate FASD Awareness Month, during the month of September 2013, MOFAS invited people from all around Minnesota to join the MOFAS Book Club and read “When Rain Hurts” by Mary Greene. Mary adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2004. Her new book, “When Rain Hurts” is a searing and intimate […]

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