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.
While legislators didn’t complete many items during the special session, we are excited about this legislative win that will improve outcomes for children entering the Minnesota foster care system.
This year as a priority of Proof Alliance’s legislative platform, major legislation that requires all children entering foster care be screened for prenatal exposure to alcohol in Minnesota was passed and signed into law. It is believed Minnesota is the first state in the nation to pass this legislation.
Proof Alliance will be providing the training and screening tools for all counties across the state.
In past legislative sessions, Proof Alliance was successful at advocating for legislation that requires all foster parents to have training every year on FASD. We know that understanding FASD and how it could potentially impact the child you are caring for is essential. For caregivers to feel competent and effective parenting a child with an FASD in their care, they need ongoing education and support. A stable home environment is essential to increasing good outcomes for children with an FASD. (3)
Requiring all children to be screened is an important step in improving outcomes. By requiring screening for children and then supporting FASD-informed case management, services and supports, we are confident we can reduce multiple foster care placements and improve the chances for better outcomes. Adding support and education for foster parents also improves outcomes.
This has been an enduring top priority of Proof Alliance’s legislative agenda for several years. Our ongoing legislative platform includes promoting legislation that would require the child welfare system to improve the identification of children with prenatal exposure to alcohol, increase the FASD-informed response by child welfare professionals and train foster parents on FASD.
Thank you to all of our advocates who contacted their representatives and asked them to support this legislation. We could not have done it without you. Click here if you want learn more about our policy work and how you can get involved and make a difference.
(1)Chasnoff IJ, Wells AM, King L. Misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses in foster and adopted children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Pediatrics. 2015;135(2).
(2) Petrenko CLM, Alto ME, Hart AR, Freeze SM, Cole LL. “I’m doing my part, I just need help from the community:” Intervention implications of foster and adoptive parents’ experiences raising children and young adults with FASD. Journal of Family Nursing. 2019;25(2):314-347.
(3) Sanders JL, Buck G. A long journey: Biological and non-biological parents’ experiences raising children with FASD. J Popul Ther Clin Pharmacol. 2010;17(2):e308-e322.