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.
Proof Alliance is committed to preventing prenatal alcohol exposure. We want all people to know the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. There is no known safe level of alcohol during pregnancy, there is no known safe type of alcohol during pregnancy, and there is no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
Proof Alliance shares this prevention message in multiple ways: throughout the year, we attend community events in Minnesota and discuss the importance of planned, alcohol-free pregnancies; we promote alcohol-free mocktails which offer a refreshing alternative to drinks containing alcohol; we host the FASD Prevention Grant and College Ambassador Program grant; and we run public awareness campaigns across the state. You can learn more about these different prevention efforts below.
Each year, Proof Alliance participates in dozens of events across Minnesota. By attending these events, we are able to share information about FASD and the importance of planned, alcohol-free pregnancies with communities all across the state. At these events, Proof Alliance staff and volunteers share our prevention message through fun goodies like lip balms, baby onesies, and pens to remind people that there is no known safe level of alcohol during pregnancy.
If you have an upcoming health fair or community event and want Proof Alliance to participate, please contact Sarah Brown.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) cannot be cured, but FASD can be prevented by not drinking alcohol – including beer, wine, hard liquor, hard ciders, and mixed drinks/cocktails – during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant and are unsure if a drink contains alcohol, determine if it’s alcohol-free by reading the label or asking the host. If you cannot determine that the beverage is alcohol-free, consider choosing a drink that you know contains no alcohol instead. The safest choice you can make is not to drink any alcohol if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Instead, enjoy a refreshing and delicious alternative with alcohol-free mocktails.
Proof Alliance is committed to preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). In support of this work, each year we offer funding to eligible organizations in Minnesota that are interested in engaging their community through public events focused on preventing FASD. The events aim to create awareness of the risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure and increase the number of people who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. To learn more about this grant and the work being done by current grantees, click here.
The College Ambassador Program is an extension of the Proof Alliance FASD Prevention Grant. Through this grant program, colleges and universities in Minnesota can apply for up to $2,500 to host student events focused on preventing FASD. The events educate students on the importance of preconception health, planned, alcohol-free pregnancies, and lifestyle choices that support the Proof Alliance prevention message. To learn more about the College Ambassador Program, click here.