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.
The Family Support Grant (FSG) program provides cash grants of up to $3,133.99 per year (as of 1/1/17) for children with a certified disability. These grants can pay for services to help children with disabilities live in their home.
The FSG must be used to purchase services and items that are not covered by Medical Assistance (MA) or private insurance. Some examples include specialized equipment, day care, respite care, education services, and computers.
“My two boys have trouble seeing in dimly areas so we used the grant to pay for lights to be installed in our closets. Now they can find what they are looking for all by themselves.”
– Kristen, parent
“My son has many safety issues. We budgeted some of our FSG funds to fence in our back yard during the first year. Because of his high activity level, we were able to get a YMCA membership to help us survive MN winters. We currently use most of the funding for respite care.”
– Mary, parent
The FSG is available to:
Families must have an annual adjusted gross income of $100,008 or less (as of 1/1/17) to be eligible unless extreme hardship can be shown. Considerations may include size of the family, presence of a disability in other family members and substantial debt due to the child’s disability.
Families receiving a Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI), Developmental Disability (DD), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waiver can’t receive FSG a the same time.
Children receiving a Consumer Support Grant or personal care assistance (PCA) services are also ineligible to receive FSG at the same time.
Contact your county human services agency or tribe to ask about the FSG. Parents will need to submit a copy of their annual taxes during the application process. Once approved, parents need to complete a plan and budget for the FSG funds. Parents must also submit an annual report that includes all receipts for services funded through the FSG.
More information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.