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.
An Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a plan for children ages birth to three with developmental delays, or children who have been diagnosed with a physical or mental condition that will likely result in a developmental delay, who need early intervention services. An IFSP includes education, health, and social services supports for the child and family. The services offered through the IFSP are often provided in the child’s home. A service coordinator is assigned to each family to assist with the IFSP process. The service coordinator then arranges a meeting between the family and the professionals to talk about the family’s concerns, as well as outline each agency’s role and financial responsibility. Family is key in an IFSP because the plan outlines the needs of the entire family. These needs can include things like respite and training. The IFSP should include the concerns, issues, and goals of the entire family.
Children ages birth to three who qualify for special education early intervention services. Qualification is done through an assessment process.
To explore qualification criteria, contact your local school district or Help Me Grow program office. Contacting the school district or Help Me Grow program office requires them to set up an inter agency IFSP meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss your child’s needs and determine how the agencies can work together to best accommodate those needs. The school, public health, social services and parents should all be represented at this meeting.
What happens when my child turns three?
School districts often extend a child’s IFSP up to age three or at the annual review of the IFSP that occurs prior to your child’s third birthday. The IFSP will roll in to an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Local school districts then take management of the child’s IEP. Services are typically provided in the school setting after the child turns three. If you still want to have a plan with an inter agency approach, one option is an Interagency Plan.
It was so helpful to have the occupational therapist come to my home twice a
month. She showed me things to do with my toddler to work on her developmental delays.”