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.
MOFAS provides education on multimedia platforms about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. View our multimedia pieces we have available below.
This year we read “Not Exactly as Planned: A memoir of adoption, secrets, and abiding love” by Linda Rosenbaum. The goal of the MOFAS Book Club is to help bring FASD out of the shadows and to share stories, struggles, and triumphs that the FASD community understand. Listen to our live chat with Linda.
In honor of FASD Awareness Month, our Mothers of MOFAS share a special message about raising children with an FASD and the important support they have from MOFAS.
Featuring Sam Simmons, Ruth Richardson, and Dan Dubovsky
Featuring Dr. Eric Heegaard, Dr. Jeff Wozniak, and Paige Robson
The Intersection of FASD and Human Rights
At the core of everything that MOFAS does, we believe that everyone is worthy of inclusion and respect. We often find families and individuals on the spectrum face difficulties and barriers accessing services needed to be successful. These families and individuals deserve equitable access to an education, appropriate housing and services in the community so they can live inter-dependently, have reasonable employment accommodations and have equal access to justice. MOFAS is committed to working with all those systems so that professionals in those systems have a deeper understanding of FASD. FASD cannot be cured, but it can be accommodated.
This documentary on FASD was created in kind by, Lola Visuals, who is a part of a collaboration called Call Me Mental, that is composed of artists and clinicians who want to change the attitude toward mental illness. Please take a look at their 10 minute video. Lola Visuals has done an amazing job of showcasing the challenges of living with an FASD through the personal stories of Alex and Martin.
To celebrate September FASD Awareness Month, MOFAS invited people from all around Minnesota to join the MOFAS Book Club and read “Drink: An Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol” by Ann Dowsett Johnston. Read through our Facebook chat on Storify.
SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, collaborated and designed a three part webinar series. They provide a basic introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), an understanding of the connection between FASD and co-occurring mental health disorders, and strategies for improving outcomes for individuals with an FASD. The series was designed mainly for primary and behavioral health care providers, social workers, educators, and other professionals who work with individuals with an FASD. Parents, caregivers, and family members will also find the information helpful. Read all the responses and comments during the webinar series on Storify.
To celebrate FASD Awareness Month, during the month of September 2013, MOFAS invited people from all around Minnesota to join the MOFAS Book Club and read “When Rain Hurts” by Mary Greene.
Mary adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2004. Her new book, “When Rain Hurts” is a searing and intimate portrayal of heartache and occasional triumph as she tries to untangle the devastating effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the neglect of orphanage life.
This is a recording of our LIVE chat with author Mary Greene from to discuss the book.
This documentary was made possible through the Division of Indian Work’s women of traditional birthing program, Twin Cities Healthy Start, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Indian Health Board, Little Earth Residence Association, Native American Community Clinic and the Running Wolf Fitness Center.
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Communications Director, Emily Gunderson, and Family Engagement Director, Sue Terwey speak with hosts Marti and Erin Erickson from Mom Enough.
MOFAS shares the common myths of drinking alcohol during pregnancy including “one drink won’t hurt.” They address the mixed messages that women get from their health care providers and how to move forward. They also discuss what things to look for in their children if there was alcohol use during pregnancy. MOFAS offers support in many ways for families with children with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or suspected diagnosis. It is always important to speak with your health care provider in regards to proper diagnosis.
The main message is to share the MOFAS 049 message- Zero Alcohol for Nine Months of Pregnancy.