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.
What? Prenatal screening is used to determine the amount of alcohol and/or drugs used by women during their pregnancy. The purpose of screening pregnant women for alcohol use is to give doctors an opportunity to educate women about the risks of drinking during pregnancy, provide intervention, and refer alcohol-dependent women to treatment. The overall goal […]
What? It is important for children with an FASD or developmental delays to be screened and diagnosed at the youngest age possible. This allows children to be taught in a way that is appropriate for their developmental age and abilities and also allows families to fully prepare for their children’s success in school. Early childhood […]
What? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) affect people of every age, and sometimes individuals are not diagnosed until they are adults. Diagnosing an adult can be complicated for several reasons. Confirmation of maternal alcohol use can be difficult; especially if the adult was adopted and the records of that adoption are incomplete or missing. Without confirmation […]
The FASD diagnostic evaluation includes both a physical and neuropsychological exam. During this evaluation,the diagnostic team will run different types of tests to determine if a child or adult has an FASD and which of the specific diagnoses best fits the individual. An evaluation typically lasts 3-6 hours with breaks as needed. Who? Families of […]
What? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is currently in its fifth edition, which was published in 2013. The DSM organizes mental disorders into categories and describes the associated symptoms. Mental health professionals use the DSM as a guideline for diagnosis. The DSM […]
The Diagnostic Consortium is a group of clinics in Minnesota that have added FASD diagnosis to their practices, received professional education on diagnosis from MOFAS, and have advised MOFAS on diagnostic issues. The Consortium meets four times a year to collaborate, receive professional education, problem solve about FASD diagnosis, and receive MOFAS support to improve care. The […]