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

What are the Differences Between FASD and Autism?

Similarities and differences between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Autism (ASD).

How Do I Know If I Have an FASD?

Does this sound like you? Do you know if your birth mom drank during pregnancy? Explore what services you might qualify for to support you.

How Many People Have an FASD?

Here in MN, about 7,061 babies are born every year with prenatal alcohol exposure. Nationally, FASD affects about one in every 100 live births.

What Causes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)?

The only cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is alcohol use during pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

How Do I Know if My Child Has an FASD?

Here is a list of some things to look for if you suspect someone you know may be affected by a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Is FASD Hereditary?

No. FASD cannot be “passed on” from a mother to a child like having brown eyes can be passed on.

Is There a Cure for FASD?

Unfortunately, FASD cannot be cured. The brain damage that occurs to an unborn baby when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol cannot be changed or reversed.

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term describing the range of effects in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.

Doesn’t FAS Occur in Children of Women Who Are Poor and From a Minority Group?

This is a huge myth. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders affects all ethnicity’s and people from all income levels.

Drinking In Your Third Trimester

Most importantly, please remember that the brain is always developing throughout the pregnancy.

What About Wine?

All types of alcohol contain chemicals that are harmful to development and may cause permanent damage.

But It’s Just One Drink

When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, the alcohol travels through her blood and into the baby’s blood, tissues, and organs. What she drinks, her baby drinks.

What’s the Big Deal About Drinking While You’re Pregnant?

When you drink alcohol during pregnancy, so does your baby. The same amount of alcohol that is in your blood is also in your baby’s blood.

My Mother Said She Drank While She Was Pregnant and I’m Fine

Here is why it is NOT okay: Drinking alcohol may hurt one baby more than another. The best way to ensure a healthy baby is to not drink alcohol altogether.

My Doctors Said Having One Drink Would Be Okay

Here is why it is NOT okay: The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe.

Does It Matter How Much I Drank or When I Drank?

How much you drink is just as important as how often you drink. The more you drink, the more you raise your baby’s risk for harm.

Can a Partner Cause an FASD?

FASD is only caused when a woman drinks alcohol when she is pregnant.

I Drank Alcohol Before I Knew I Was Pregnant. Now What?

The sooner a woman stops drinking alcohol during pregnancy, the better birth outcome she will have.

Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While Nursing?

Can a child get an FASD through a monther’s breast milk? Find the answer to this question and other FASD-related questions on mofas.org.

Is There a Safe Amount of Alcohol to Drink While I am Pregnant?

The truth is, it’s never okay to drink while pregnant.

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