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.

Independent Home Living

What?

Independent home living is about giving our children the ability to live in the most least restrictive setting. Like most children who leave home after high school to attend further schooling or life on their own in an apartment, many of our children can and do experience those changes. Independent living can take on many looks from a more formal setting like an adult corporate foster home (usually called a group home), to apartment living with supports or even remaining in their family home with a focus on being more independent in their schedules and abilities to manage home living components on their own.

Who?

Students of transition age, (14-21) that are receiving special education services are required to have transition planning as a part of their IEP. The team, of which parents and student are a part of, play a crucial role in identifying the options of independent home living and to take in to consideration what the student’s wishes are for life after high school. The team may, depending on the needs, invite agency who provide supported living programs to the team meeting to discuss program options.

How?

Teams should consider as part of the annual IEP meeting, the strengths and needs of the student in the areas of daily living skills, transportation, home management (cleaning, maintenance, etc.). Housing options to be considered should include living at home, living in an apartment with supports, electronic monitoring apartment living, adult foster care and semi-independent living services (SLS)

Where?

PACER Transition Toolkit: http://bit.ly/M7vjpF
Arc Guide on Home options: http://bit.ly/19Y9DHr

Things to consider

  • There is no magic age for when our children are ready to live independent from us
  • You don’t have to decide where your child will live after high school but it should be part of the discussion
  • Explore some of the new technology such as monitoring sites, apps and other technology that keeps kids connected while they learn independence
  • It’s never too early to teach children self help skills that will add in their independence
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