5th annual FASD matters conference: navigating stigma, toxic stress, and trauma

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Full Day

Friday, November 11, 2016
Half Day

Minneapolis Marriott NW

Location Details

conference at a glance

We hope you can join us! Individuals on the spectrum, caregivers, and professionals will find practical and valuable information presented in our specialized session tracks. More details on breakout sessions, exhibitor opportunities, and registration still to come.

welcome reception and
annual celebration

Kick off the 2016 FASD matters conference at the welcome reception and MOFAS annual celebration, details still to come. This event is free and open to the public.

"This is the first MOFAS sponsored event that I have attended. It was amazing. I was blown away. Next year I will attend the entire event! I will also bring my daughters along to hear about FASD. I had no idea, but everyone needs this information." - Annual Meeting Attendee


Prior to the conference you will receive a password to access the conference breakout session handouts. You may access the breakout session handouts by clicking the Handouts button and enter the password when you get to the page. Handouts will no be available until TBD.


Early bird registraion rates TBD. Register online for $TBD/person or $TBD/student. Registration will be accepted through TBD and includes admission to all sessions, program materials, refreshment breaks, continental breakfast and lunch, and a certificate of attendance. On-site registration will be allowed as space allows.

If you choose to register other than online, please use the following form/s and address them accordingly.

Register by mail: MOFAS, Attn: Ruth Richardson, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114
Register by fax to: Attn: Ruth Richardson, 651-917-2405
Register by email to: ruth@mofas.org

Annual Celebration

Tickets for the annual celebration are free and open to all. Registration is required. Conference participants are encouraged to come.


Prior to the conference, participants will receive an email confirming their registration. This email will also contain a password to access conference handouts online. Handouts will be available through December 31, 2016.

Cancellation policy

Paid registrants that cancel their registration prior to October 15, 2016 will receive a full refund. Paid registrants that cancel between October 10, 2016 and October 20, 2016 will receive a credit minus a $25 administrative fee that will be deducted. No cancellation refunds will be processed after November 3, 2015.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available to attend the conference. Scholarships are available for families impacted by an FASD who reside in Minnesota and face financial barriers.

Apply by using the following form and address them accordingly. Scholarship applications are due by 5:00 pm on October 20, 2016. Applications submitted after the due date will not be considered. Scholarship decisions will be based on financial need and communicated by November 1, 2016.

Apply by mail to: MOFAS, Attn: Ruth Richardson, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114
Apply by fax to: Attn: Ruth Richardson, 651-917-2405
Apply by email: ruth@mofas.org

Please contact Ruth Richardson at ruth@mofas.org or call MOFAS at 651-917-2370 for more information on scholarships.


The conference will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and is located just north of 694 and west of Boone Ave.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

The conference is designed to meet the Continuing Education Hours credits for many disciplines: psychology, social work, education, nursing, marriage and family therapy, behavioral health, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, and attorneys. Certificates of attendance will be available to conference participants. More information on the status of Continuing Education Credits will be provided at the conference.

MOFAS will apply to the following certification boards or accrediting organizations for CEU's:

  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education
  • Minnesota Board of Social Work
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology
  • Professional Ed Pal

Hotel Accommodations

A special conference room rate of will be avaialble at the Minneapolis Marriot NW for conference participants. Please make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 1-877-303-1681. More information on rates and expiration date still to come.

Family Room/Mother's Room

To accommodate consumers at this year's conference we are offering a family room available on November 10th. This space will provide an opportunity to connect with other families and network. Also, there will be access to a mother's room for nursing mothers.

Workshop Selections

All sessions are filled on a first-come basis. Some sessions may reach capacity. If you see a sign on the door indicating the session is full, please select another session.


The Minneapolis Marriott NW is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation (e.g., wheelchair accessibility, Sign Language Interpreter), such accommodations will be made available upon advance request. Please contact Ruth Richardson ruth@mofas.org on or before September 30, 2016. For TTY, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.



presenters & exhibitors


Dr. Don Bartlette
Macaroni at Midnight: An FAS Experience

Bio still to come.

Eugene Hoyme, MD
FASD Research Update

Bio still to come.

Mike Veny
Transforming Stigma Into Strength™

Bio still to come.



Join MOFAS as a conference exhibitor. Reach over 300 family members, service providers in health/mental health, addictions, justice, education, adoption, prevention, child welfare and others interested in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Exhibit booth package includes:

  • 8' x 10' booth space
  • One skirted 8' table, two chairs
  • 8.5" x 11" sign
  • One complimentary conference registration ($125 value)
  • Wireless internet provided

Registration information

Register online at the value of $225. Reservations for exhibitor booths are on a first come, first serve basis. Please complete the exhibitor form below and return it with payment to MOFAS, 2233 University Ave. West, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114.

If you choose to register other than online, please use the following form and address them accordingly.

Register by mail: MOFAS, Attn: Ruth Richardson, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114
Register by fax: Attn: Ruth Richardson, 651-917-2405
Register by email: ruth@mofas.org

We look forward to your participation as an exhibitor. An information letter, with complete exhibitor details will be sent to all exhibitors by Friday, October 15, 2015.

location information

Minneapolis Marriott NW
7025 Northland Dr North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
(763) 536-8300
Minneapolis Marriott NW
Floor Plan (PDF)
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest floor plan


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the FASD matters conference, contact ruth@mofas.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Fraser Autism Advocacy and Law Center
Moore Family Law

contact us

For questions and general inquiries about the conference, contact Ruth Richardson at ruth@mofas.org or 651-917-2370

2233 University Ave W, Suite 395 St. Paul, MN 55114