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.

Guardianship

What?

Guardianship is a legal arrangement where an adult is assigned to make decisions for an individual with diminished mental or physical capacity. A guardian makes decisions regarding the individual’s personal life, living situation, finances, medical needs, and educational needs. Guardianship differs from conservatorship because it allows a guardian to make decisions for another person in many areas of that person’s life. A conservator is limited to making decisions about another person’s finances.

Who?

Guardians are assigned to individuals age 18 or older with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, or other conditions that make the individual unable to legally make his or her own decisions regarding many areas of life.

How?

The process for obtaining guardianship can be long and tedious. Families usually only pursue guardianship when the family feels there is no other way to ensure the disabled individual’s needs are met. Often, parents and family members are able to remain involved in the adult individual’s life to an extent where the family can provide support without being the individual’s legal guardian. If this does not appear to be an option, begin the process for obtaining guardianship by contacting a lawyer who specializes in disability law and guardianship, or your county social services office. Some counties help families through the process of obtaining guardianship, and some do not assist as much.

Where?

For more information, visit the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship website.
For information on disability law, visit the Minnesota Disability Law Center website.

“My daughter and I look at guardianship as an adult partnership between her and myself. It does not restrict her ability to live the life she wants and it protects her against those who may take advantage of her vulnerabilities.”
-Vera, parent

“Try to start the guardianship process when your child turns 17 by reaching out to your child’s county disability worker and discussing what the steps will be. He or she can help you along through the process and be an advocate for you in court.”
-Jim, parent

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