5th annual FASD matters conference: navigating stigma, toxic stress, and trauma
Pre-Conference Institute
Wed, Nov. 9, 2016 | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Conference Full Day
Thu, Nov. 10, 2016 | 7:30 am - 5:15 pm
Conference Half Day
Fri, Nov. 11, 2016 | 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Minneapolis Marriott NW

Location Details

5th annual FASD matters conference

We hope you can join us! Individuals on the spectrum, caregivers, and professionals will find practical and valuable information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Click here for the conference schedule. Full descriptions of conference Breakout Sessions are available online. Here is the full conference program with all the information about our fabulous keynotes, breakout sessions, CEU information, and more.

pre-conference institute

Arrive early for an intensive conference learning experience. The 2016 FASD Matters Pre-Conference Institute will provide an opportunity for a deep dive on the intersection of FASD and trauma.

Registration for the FASD matters Annual Conference does not automatically include registration for the Pre-Conference Institute. You must register for the ticket that includes both the Pre-Conference Institute and the annual conference. There is no additional cost for paid conference attendees to participate in the institute. However, registration is limited to paid participants that register for the 5th Annual FASD matters conference. Registration for this special event is extremely limited and will be open to the first 100 registrants.

Dr. Mark Sloane

Mark Sloane, DO
Building Resilience in Traumatized Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Using a Brain-Based Model to Transform Child Welfare and Primary Health Care

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

annual celebration

One young man who has struggled with the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure has devoted his life to preventing FASD. Morgan Fawcett was diagnosed with an FASD when he was 15. Even as a teen, he knew he wanted to educate others about FASD. Morgan has persevered in this goal through the support of his family and his passion for music: he is a flutist and an advocate who educates students, healthcare professionals, teachers and others throughout the United States. Through his work, Morgan created a program that has allowed him to donate more than 600 Native Flutes to at-risk youth and challenged individuals. Morgan has been recognized by President Obama as a Champion of Change, an award given to people whose extraordinary efforts positively impact their communities. Join us on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 for an evening with Morgan Fawcett.

Morgan Fawcett

Morgan Fawcett
An Evening with Morgan Fawcett

Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"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 received will not be available until November 2016.


Register online for $125/person. Registration will be accepted through November 3, 2016 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 November 3, 2016 will receive a credit minus a $25 administrative fee that will be deducted. No cancellation refunds will be processed after November 3, 2016.


The deadline for scholarship applications has passed.

Please contact Shauna Feine at sfeine@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 Social Work
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology

Hotel Accommodations

A special conference room rate of will be avaialble at the Minneapolis Marriot NW for conference participants for $136.00 per night +tax. Reservations must be made by October 16, 2016. Book your group rate for the 5th annual FASD matters conference online. Of if you prefer to make reservations directly with the hotel, call 1-877-303-1681. More information on rates and expiration date still to come.

Family Room/Mother's Room

To accommodate families we are offering a family room available on November 10th and 11th. 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.





Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD

Dr. Don Bartlette

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - 40 Years Later

Thursday, November 10, 2016
9:00 am - 10:15 am

Dr. Don Bartlette
Macaroni at Midnight: An FAS Experience

Thursday, November 10, 2016
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Dr. Eugene Hoyme Mike Veny

Eugene Hoyme, MD
FASD Research Update

Friday, November 11, 2016
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Mike Veny
Transforming Stigma Into Strength™

Friday, November 11, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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.

Minnesota Department of Health
Moore Family Law
Autism Advocacy and Law Center
Minneapolis Indian Health Board
Professional Education Pal


Thank you to our prize sponsors

Morgan-Kavanagh Real Estate Group
Highland Federal Finance

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