What’s Happening at MOFAS
Pre-Conference Institute: FASD & the Brain on Trial Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have major implications for just about every aspect of our legal system including our civil, juvenile, and criminal justice systems. In 2012, the American Bar Association collaborated with stakeholders […]
We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speakers. The conference will bring together experts, key stakeholders, and consumers. Over three days there will be a pre-conference, keynote presentations, and breakout sessions on the latest research, promising strategies, and innovative programs. Conference Keynotes Dr. Omar Rahman | Diagnosing FASD: Man vs. Machine It has been […]
New Minnesota laws went into effect on August 1, 2018, including a new law related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) worked this past legislative session with stakeholders and was successful in implementing new legislation that requires non-emergency foster parents in a foster home and treatment foster […]
July 23, 2018 Originally published on PBS NewHour by: Amna Nawaz Part 1: “Fetal alcohol disorders are more common than you think” “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), a possible result from mothers drinking during pregnancy, has flown under the radar for decades. Now new conservative estimates published in The Journal of the American Medical Association […]
Happy Independence Day! For those of you who are celebrating and are hosting a party, we have some fun mocktail recipes you and your guests might enjoy. These mocktails are fun, quick, and easy beverages to make without alcohol. Mocktails provide a variety of options all your guests will enjoy including pregnant people, children, and […]
Letter From Our Executive Director MOFAS is unique in that we have a dual mission. One half of the mission is to prevent disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure; the other half is to improve the quality of life for people with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). In our 2017 annual report, you’ll see […]
With the right supports, mothers with substance use disorders can maintain sobriety and lead healthier lives with their children. MOFAS works to provide these supports through the Family-Centered Long-Term Recovery Supports grant. With funding from this grant, EmPower CTC hosts the Community of Recovery Aiding Families in Transition (CRAFT) prevention program. CRAFT serves women with histories of […]
Dear MOFAS Families, It’s time for me to say goodbye. I recently decided to resign from my position as director of caregiver support services at MOFAS to become a full-time parent to my two young sons. It was both easy and hard to make this decision. It’s the right thing for my family at this […]
Announcement We are excited to update you on the legislation requiring foster parents in Minnesota to have one hour of FASD training every year as part of their required training hours. Governor Dayton signed this legislation into law on Sunday! We are incredibly grateful to our chief authors, Senator Jerry Relph (R-St. Cloud) and Representative […]
Advocacy Organization Celebrates 20 Years, Aims for Zero Alcohol-Exposed Births in Minnesota by 2028
MOFAS marks its 20th anniversary this year. MOFAS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by former First Lady Susan Carlson in 1998, seeks to eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) throughout Minnesota.
Registration for Cheers to 20 Years is now closed. If you have questions or need to pay for previously reserved tickets, please call Amy Johnston at 651-917-2370. <- Go back to Cheers to 20 Years! website
Advocates to Rally on Tuesday for Nonpartisan Measures to Prevent and Address Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Media Contact: Sara Messelt, Executive Director email@example.com O: 651-917-2370 C: 612-618-4156 Saint Paul, Minn. – February 23, 2018, Advocates for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will gather from all parts of the state for FASD Day at the Capitol this Tuesday, February 27. A record number of advocates—170—plan to attend the event. FASD has had […]
Advocates to Rally for Nonpartisan Measures to Prevent and Address Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Saint Paul, Minn. – February 12, 2018, Advocates for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will gather from all parts of the state for FASD Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 27. Over 130 advocates plan to attend—a record number for this […]
Press Release – NIH Study Finds as Many as 1 in 20 First Graders Are Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
By: Anna McLafferty, Director of Caregiver Support Services NIH Study Finds as Many as 1 in 20 First Graders Are Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS MAY BE AT LEAST TWICE AS COMMON AS AUTISM February 6, 2018 Saint Paul, Minn. – Today, JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, published […]
There is no “quick fix” to this problem, but the most helpful thing that anyone could do for those affected by an FASD is to inform themselves, inform others, and be a source of understanding and grace when working with those whose brains function differently.
The National Center on FASD Justice & Equity, a project of MOFAS is providing an action alert – send your comments to the U.S. Social Security Administration. Action Alert Summary The United States Social Security Administration is requesting public input on strategies for improving the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with […]
MOFAS is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 FASD Prevention Grant. These 11 organizations will host community events aimed at educating under-served and at-risk communities on the risks associated with drinking alcohol while pregnant. Congratulations to the following organizations: American Indian Family Center Face to Face Fathers Rise Together Kanabec County Community Health […]
New Community Grantees The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) announces the 10 recipients of our MOFAS Community Grants. Each year, MOFAS awards $500,000+ in grants to organizations throughout Minnesota to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) prevention, intervention, and support at the community level. We are very excited to work with these organizations […]
September is FASD Awareness Month and MOFAS wants to share a few ways you can take part and celebrate with us.
MOFAS is looking for volunteers to help us at upcoming events and need your help. Volunteering is a great way to connect with MOFAS and be involved in the FASD community. Join us at: 10th annual MOFAS golf classic on Monday, September 11, 2017. Contact Amy Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org for details. MOFAS booth at the Minnesota […]
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