6th annual FASD matters conference: bridging the gap from research to practice
Pre-Conference Institute
Wed, Nov. 8, 2017
Thu, Nov. 9 - Fri, Nov. 10, 2017

Minneapolis Marriott NW

Location Details

6th annual FASD matters conference

We hope you can join us for the 6th Annual FASD Matters Conference, Bridging the Gap: From Research to Practice. 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 related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). For the latest information, view our conference program.

pre-conference institute

Arrive early for an intensive conference learning experience. The 2017 FASD Matters Pre-Conference Institute will be by Thomas Armstrong, PhD of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development titled, Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies for Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

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 6th Annual FASD matters conference. Registration for this special event is extremely limited and will be open to the first 100 registrants.

Thomas Armstrong

Thomas Armstrong, PhD
Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies for Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

annual celebration

Our annual celebration is a time for the FASD community to join together and share triumphs, stories, and have fun. We hope you can join us on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 for an wonderful evening. More details still to come.

"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, registered attendees 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 2017.


Register online for $125/person. Registration will be accepted through October 31, 2017 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, 2017.

Cancellation policy

Paid registrants that cancel their registration prior to October 15, 2017 will receive a full refund. Paid registrants that cancel between October 15, 2017 and October 31, 2017 will receive a credit minus a $25 administrative fee that will be deducted. No cancellation refunds will be processed after October 31, 2017.


MOFAS is no longer taking scholarship applications at this time.

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 as it becomes available.

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

  • Minnesota Board of Social Work
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology
  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education
  • Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health

Hotel Accommodations

A special conference room rate of $136/night is avaialble at the Minneapolis Marriot NW for conference participants. Book your reservation online here. If you prefer to make reservations directly with the hotel, call 1-877-303-1681 and ask for the "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Conference" rate. Offer expires October 16, 2017.

Teen/Young Adult and Mother's Room

Space will be provided for teens and young adults to connect on November 9th and 10th. 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, 2017. For TTY, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.





Philip A. May, PhD

Katherine Norgard, PhD

Philip A. May, PhD
The Prevalence and Characteristics of FASD in the General Population of the United States

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Katherine Norgard, PhD
Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christina Chambers, PhD Lucas Daniel Boyce

Christina Chambers, PhD
Emerging Maternal and Infant Biomarkers of FASD

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lucas Daniel Boyce
Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA

Friday, November 10, 2017


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.

We look forward to your participation as an exhibitor. An information letter, with complete exhibitor details will be sent to all exhibitors by Monday, October 16, 2017.

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.

Autims Advocacy and Law Center
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Moore Family Law, P.A.
Hennepin County
Ramsey County
Dakota County


Thank you to our prize sponsors

Minneapolis Marriott NW
Highland Federal Finance
JM Coaching LLC

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