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

Drinking During Pregnancy Is OK? New Research

Published 6/22/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn I heard on the TV last night something regarding new research saying 1-8 drinks/week is safe during pregnancy. Really people? Really? I wanted to say some “bad” words. You know, scream at the television like a crazy fool. Well, I did actually talk to the television but no bad words […]

Literal Thinking and Visual Learners

Published 6/19/2012 By: Sandy Hruby We have had a couple of unique experiences this spring that really brought to our attention how our son, Joe, thinks literally and needs visuals. First experience was he went to the 4th grade puberty movie at school with Dad. Well I’m not even sure what type of movie it […]

Rational discussions

Published 6/11/2012 By: Carolyn Strnad Many years ago, I attended a workshop given by Claudia and Bart Fletcher. If you have not had the opportunity to meet or to hear this amazing couple who have adopted some very challenging children over the years, I highly recommend it. The topic of this workshop was Twelve Survival […]

FASD and Dealing with Death

Published 6/8/2012 By: Ann Kagarise I’m not even sure if I can write this, but I’m going to try. I have always been a survivor. I think that is a trait of being FASD. Really, we have no choice. It’s either survive…or die. We have so much to deal with each and every day with […]

It’s Always Something

Published 6/6/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn Prenatal alcohol exposure affects many things and can cause anxiety and sleep disorders. My 10 yr old child has had night terrors since he came to us at 2 yrs old but it had subsided for the past 3-4 yrs until recently. Last night he got up twice, came into […]

MOFAS approved for Federal Workplace Giving Campaign

MOFAS is excited to announce our application to participate in the 2012 Northern Lights Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has been approved. CFC is the single workplace giving campaign for the federal government in which federal employees have the opportunity to donate to charities of their choice through payroll deduction, cash, check, or credit card. This is our […]

The Best Laid Plans

Published 6/3/2015 By: Nancy & Jeff Beyer Saturday June 2 was the first ever MOFAS Dads Fishing Outing. We had 6 dads set to go on this beautiful Saturday morning, but unfortunately lost one to illness (just lost for the day – nothing too serious!). We arrived at the Excel Boat Club on the shores […]

Bless My Mess….

Published 5/29/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn The mess, the mess, the glorious mess. In my home, it abounds. Not by choice, mind you, purely by circumstances. Am I incompetent as a housekeeper? No. My husband and I can spend hours cleaning, organizing, and putting things away trying to tidy up our home to no avail. Sometimes […]

Communicating Effectively

Published 5/29/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn Do you ever notice when you talk that your child doesn’t hear? I do. I have discovered communication with my children affected by FASD is a whole different ballgame than with my unaffected children. First and foremost, I need to offer simple directions. I often need to break it down […]

Bear In The Woods

Published 5/24/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn I guess my sweet 4 yr old thinks he’s a bear. I was on the phone with a Special Ed supervisor one morning and it wasn’t more than a couple minutes of conversation when my son bolted out the door. He had been calmly watching Sesame Street when he got […]

Summer School – ESY and Targeted Services

Published 5/23/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn It’s that time of year, the planning for summer with our kids. Out of my 6 children, 2 will be attending school this summer break. One is in ESY-Extended School Year, the other in Targeted Services. What is ESY? It is part of special education and related services. It is […]

Isolation & Loneliness

Published 5/21/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn Any of you feel isolated or feel you don’t have as many friends or invites for playdates as others due to your family responsibilities/situation? I posed this question to many moms of “special” children and the answer is usually the same,“ Yes!” One said, “Absolutely!” Responses were varied but many […]

This is Your Brain When Its Been Exposed to Alcohol in Utero

Published 5/21/2012 By: Ann Kagarise I wanted to help at my friend’s fundraising event yesterday. I’m never put with the money or any chaotic area when I help. My brain simply does not process fast enough. I feel like more of a hindrance. Yesterday, ended up different than the norm, when I volunteer. My external […]

FASD and Yes I Turned My Passions Into Top Awards! YES WE CAN!

Published 5/18/2012 By: Ann Kagarise Yes it’s true. One of us…someone with FASD…born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome…told that she would not amount to much in life…is heading to the state capital tomorrow to receive several state journalism awards including the top honor…the Helen Waterhouse Award. Yes…It’s me. Someone with FASD did it! If you have […]

Is the One with FASD Caught Up with the Rest of the Room?

Published: 5/17/2012 By: Ann Kagarise Synapses. Hemispheres. I’m not even sure what all that means. I know it has to do with the brain. I know that my left hemisphere and my right hemisphere don’t work together like they are supposed to. There is a disconnect. There’s a lot of misfiring going on in there. […]

Jiminy Cricket

Published 5/17/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn My son this morning said to me, “I am just so confused.” BINGO! I was thinking how he was struggling just to do simple things in his morning routine, things I take for granted. This morning I asked him to go get his lunch for his field trip today. He […]

Being Able to Connect the Dots

Published 5/16/2012 By: Lisa Friesenhahn We left last night to take our Kindergartener to Pump It Up inflatable place for her birthday party. We chose not to bring our oldest 3, just the youngest 3. We left our teenager, who is now a PCA, to watch our 1 son, the other would be fine on […]

Meet Peggy, Birth Mother of a Child with an FASD

Peggy, a birth mother of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, bravely speaks out and tells her story through NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). The Circle of Hope members who have shared their stories inspire and provide hope to families all over the world. If you can relate to Peggy’s message and would […]

Guest Family Blog: Proven Techniques For Cooling Down Hot Arguments

Posted on May 14, 2012 by Brightening Connections Do you detest arguing? As guest expert for the MOFAS  Virtual Family Center chat on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, I gave parents of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) two hot tips for cooling down any argument: Step One: Remove negative, “fighting” energy from the dynamic. Step […]

How Much Further Along Would We Be If People Knew

Published 5/14/2012 By: Ann Kagarise I woke up thinking about yesterday. I’m still pretty steamed. What is it going to take for society to recognize the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome? Babies die from it so that won’t get anyone’s attention. Why is it okay for a mother to drink while pregnant still? Even after […]

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