MOFAS works to reduce the risk of prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders by advocating for universal screening for prenatal alcohol exposure in a variety of settings. These efforts to improve screening rates among medical professionals, incorporate screening into early childhood settings, and better inform and educate families about the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure, are important first steps in both preventing prenatal alcohol exposure and improving outcomes for individuals who have already been prenatally exposed.

Prenatal Screening

MOFAS encourages health care providers to educate and talk with all women of childbearing age about their alcohol use and their plan to become or not become pregnant. Learn more about screening for PAE in a prenatal setting. 

Pediatric Screening

MOFAS encourages pediatric and primary care providers to screen all children aged 2 – 5 for prenatal alcohol exposure at well child checkups.  Learn more about screening for FASD at well child checkups. 

Early Childhood Screening

MOFAS is leading an initiative to educate pre-school screening departments across Minnesota about the importance of adding questions to standard screening practices on a child’s history of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Learn more about screening in a school setting. 

For More Information

For more information, training or technical assistance on implementing screening protocols, please contact Ruth Richardson, MOFAS Director of Programs at 651-917-2370 or

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