MOFAS Funded Family Support Program

MOFAS is committed to providing supportive services for families and individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Check back too to find out about the programs, events, and activities that will be available by MOFAS grantees that help individuals living with an FASD and are making an impact in the community.

As each program starts, MOFAS will share information on how to participate. Upcoming groups will also be listed on our calendar.

4-H Clubs for youth with and without an FASD

Chisago, Anoka, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties

Youth with or without an FASD who are in kindergarten through one year past high school are invited to participate in 4-H clubs where youth learn by doing in an environment specifically tailored to the unique needs of families with a member who has an FASD. Clubs are made possible by MOFAS grant funding.

Club meetings include:

  • Hands-on learning
  • Friendships and socialization
  • Service projects
  • Opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills
  • Once a month meetings (typically)
  • Parent/PCA must participate

How do I get involved?

4-H clubs are organized by a local club leader who will plan and lead club activities that develop life skills based on feedback and interests of youth members. Youth in grades K through one year post high school can enroll and participate together. 4-H Clubs available:

4-H Clubs available:

Chisago County
Meets: 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: North Branch Library, 6355 379th St, North Branch, MN 55056
Contact Club Leader: Katie Rayer at 651-276-6730.

Anoka County (The Awesome Fire Dragons)
Meets: 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
Contact Club Leader: Mary Walker at 763-951-2566.

Dakota County (The Tornadoes)
Meets: 3rd Sunday of the month
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Where: Dakota County Extension Office, 4100 220th St W #101, Farmington, MN 55024
Contact Club Leader: Heather Tidd at 651-276-6730.

Ramsey County (Flyer PDF)
This informational meeting will be to discuss what 4-H is about, club meetings, the needs of families involved, and other opportunities.
Information sessions on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. or Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Where: Ramsey County Extension Services, 2020 White Bear Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109
Contact Club Leader: Susanah Brodin, or Alneida Madrigal at 612-624-7603.

Contact the club leader BEFORE attending a meeting to confirm dates/locations as they may change. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you prepare your child for their first 4-H meeting!

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Extreme Parenting (PDF Flyer)

Support and education for families who have children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. All groups are open and confidential. Childcare and a light meal are provided.

When: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Time: 5:15-6:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: 1st Lutheran Church, 1100 London Rd., Duluth, MN 55805
For more information or to register contact Arc Northland at 218-726-4725

FASD Parenting Group Duluth (PDF Flyer)

Networking, support and education for families of children with an FASD. All groups are open and confidential. Childcare and a light meal provided.

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Ordean Building, Conference Room A, B & C, 424 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Please call to register (for an accurate count for meals and childcare) Arc Northland at 218-726-4725

Young Adult Club (Y.A.C) (PDF Flyer)

Support and recreation for young adults living with an FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders). Young Adult Club (Y.A.C.) is a skills group for transition age youth (ages 14-25) who have an FASD. The Y.A.C. group will cover a variety of topics from social skills to communication, money management, meal planning and more. This is great preparation for young adults transitioning from school to adult life.

When: 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 325 East 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55808
Cost: Free
More information and registration available by calling 218-726-4725.

Contact Information
Arc Northland
218-726-4725

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Helping kids succeed where they live, learn and play! Screening, Assessment and Consultation Center for residents in the Fargo-Moorhead area.Services Provided:

  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Education
  • Community-based consultation
  • Short-Term Therapy
  • Care Coordination
  • Family Therapy
  • Professional Training

Helping:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Improve bedtimes
  • Increase listening
  • Reduce aggression
  • Strengthen relationship
  • Decrease tantrums
  • Improve communication
  • Identify calming strategies

Consultants:

  • Shawna Croaker, MSW, LICSW, rvcmhc@rvcscc.org
    Shawna has over 16 years of experience providing mental health services for children and families in our community. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and specializes in working with young children and their caregivers.
  • Jody Claus, MS, LMFT, ecmhc@rvcscc.org
    Jody has been working with children and families in the Fargo-Moorhead area since 1999. She has a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Family Science and is trained as a Family Therapist.

Contact Children’s Consultation Network to schedule an appointment, 701-526-1565. Located at 3233 S. University Drive, Fargo, ND 58104, rvcscc.org

Contact Information
Shawna Croaker, MSW, LICSW
701-526-1565
rvcmhc@rvcscc.org
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This program is funded by a MOFAS grant.

Free Prenatal Parenting Classes (Flyer PDF)

Topics and activities:

  • Intro to traditional prenatal parenting
  • Mental health/prenatal care
  • Effects of smoking/drinking/drug use
  • Traditional use of tobacco
  • The role of the father
  • Stress reduction/coping mechanisms
  • Self care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Post-partum depression

Upon completion, participants receive a Target gift card. A meal will be provided and transportation and/or childcare is available as needed.

When: Thursdays
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Where: Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Cost: Free

Contact Information
Melissa Grimmer
612-279-6314
mgrimmer@diw-mn.org
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Wouldn’t it be great if everything fell perfectly in line? One of the most challenging times in the life of an individual with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is when they are experiencing a major transition in life such as graduating from high school, moving into their own place, starting college or trade school or simply when they are challenged to define their path in life. Looking Forward Life Coaching works with young adults to help them discover their life’s passion and the steps necessary to accomplish it.Eligibility for services:

  • Age 16 or older in a transition phase of life
  • Having a diagnosed or suspected FASD
  • Motivation to develop and make progress towards a customized person-centered plan

Typical skill areas:

  • Social Skills
  • Work Skills
  • Time Management
  • Life Skills

For more information contact, Sara Swan, lookingforwardlc@gmail.com or 612-207-1497

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Sara Swan
612-207-1497
lookingforwardlc@gmail.com
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Webinars

The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) is excited to announce two new webinars for parents with children or young adults. The webinars and free legal services to young adults and children with FASD are made possible by a grant from MOFAS.

FASD and Special Education. This webinar includes the fundamentals of special education law, processes, and principles.

Hello From the Other Side: Employment-Related Options for Transition Age Youth.  This webinar provides information about different supports and services to promote completive integrated employment.

About MDLC

MDLC also provides free legal services to young adults and children with FASD who are having challenges in public schools or in accessing employment-related supports.  To request legal help, contact our intake line at 612-334-5970 or 800-292-4150.

MDLC is a state-wide program of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and is Minnesota’s Protection and Advocacy System. Visit their website at http://mylegalaid.org/about/our-work/disability-law.

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612-334-5970

Reaching your own personal measure of success. Everyone deserves the opportunity to work at a job they enjoy and will be successful in. By going to work, you can add structure to your life, gain a sense of economic security, and live a self-determined life. Rise, Inc. has partnered with the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) to deliver high-quality job placement and employment support services that will enable people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to excel in today’s competitive workforce and reach their own personal measure of success.

A wide range of services will address your specific needs. To participate in this employment program, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • live in Hennepin or Anoka County
  • have a diagnosis of an FASD, display FASD characteristics, or suspect prenatal exposure to alcohol

The Employment Program offers you a wide range of services to help ensure your success, including:

  • Person-centered employment services to identify your strengths, background, job skills, career interests and goals, and the types of jobs you might want to pursue.
  • Opportunities to “kick start” your employment search, including informational interviews, tours of companies of interests, and job interviews.
  • Resume and cover letter development, interview skills, and job-seeking skills.
  • Job coaching, employment support, and follow-up services.
  • A team approach that encourages connections with family members, caregivers, residential providers, and others who support you.
  • Knowledgeable staff who understand the barriers individuals with FASD face.
  • Benefits planning so you will not jeopardize losing your medical and/or Social Security benefits.

For more information or to schedule an intake with a Rise employment consultant, please contact Anne Mornes, Program Coordinator, amornes@rise.org or 612-706-2517
2003 Central Avenue N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418

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Anne Mornes
612-706-2517
amornes@rise.org
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Focus Forward is designed to assist young adult individuals with diagnosis or a suspected diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder identify career and educational pathways. The unique project, with funding from the MN Department of Health and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, offers participants

  • Assistance, support and counseling from a Career Skills Navigator while participating in the project.
  • Completion of a Life Activities Assessment to assist individuals in identifying supports needed.
  • 80 hours of Career Compass skill exploration and development programming including:
    Career Planning and Exploration = 24 Hours Total
    Educational Planning = 36 Hours Total
    Accuplacer Prep = 20 Hours Total

Following successful completion of Career Compass, participants may continue on to RESOURCE Career Education Training Programs and/or job placement. The Career Skills Navigator will support all participants post placement to ensure job retention success.
For more information contact, Jaqueline Travis, jtravis@resource-mn.org or 612-752-8119.

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Jaqueline Travis
612-752-8119
jtravis@resource-mn.org
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Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. is providing free legal services* in education law matters for families whose children have a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). A legal framework will be used to enable clients to remain in school and to receive the appropriate educational programs, services, and accommodations called for under the law.

*These services are limited to individuals who live within SMRLS’ service area and meet financial eligibility guidelines.

For more information contact:

Lilian Ejebe, lilian.ejebe@smrls.org or 651-894-6861.
Bruce Beneke, bruce.beneke@smrls.org or 651-894-6850.

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Lilian Ejebe
651-894-6861
lilian.ejebe@smrls.org
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