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.
Please join Proof Alliance for FASD Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55155 to learn about the importance of speaking up for FASD issues. Speakers will provide information on how to effectively advocate and tell your story. You will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the proposed legislation that will affect the FASD community.
A number of key legislators have been invited to speak. Following the training and rally at the church, we will be scheduling individual appointments for you to meet with your legislators. The church is within walking distance to the State Office Building and Senate Office Building where the appointments will be held.
The following are the Proof Alliance Legislative Priorities for 2019, to learn more about them click here.
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Where: Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55155
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Transportation and Parking:
We encourage you to consider taking the METRO Green Line light rail to the Capitol area. The train stop for the Capitol drops you off right in front of the church. If you are driving, please use either on-street parking where it is allowed, or the Bethesda Hospital parking ramp on Park Street, one block north of University Avenue. Click here for more parking information.
Check back soon for an updated schedule.
If you want something besides pizza for lunch there is a great cafeteria in the Transportation building, a McDonald’s and White Castle a couple blocks down from the church.
Meeting with elected officials can be intimidating but it shouldn’t be! Your elected officials represent YOU. They are your voice in the legislature and they need to hear from you and the FASD community on why this issue is so important. Many legislators don’t know much about the topic, and so you can be a valuable resource to them.
We will have factsheets to share with your Representative or Senator. During the training, we will encourage you to select one to focus on during your meeting.
During your meeting, you will briefly introduce yourself and share why you are there. (Example: My name is Alex Advocate and I live in Avery, MN. I am here today for FASD Day at the Capitol. FASD matters to me because I have two children with FASD.) Ask the legislator if they are familiar with FASD and if they are not, share a couple of powerful facts from your factsheet. Then ask them if they will specifically support the legislation form one of the factsheets. Leave behind all of the factsheets. Thank them for their time.
Thank you! We are very grateful that you have stepped up to become part of the FASD advocacy movement. You are making a difference.
For questions, please contact Sara Messelt at 651-917-2370.