July, 2013 Being around other families that understand is important. In 2012, MOFAS sponsored four family retreats where over 200 moms, dads, kids and caregivers came together in a fun, relaxed environment to connect. One retreat with the theme â€œShed the Shame, Share the Hope was specifically for birth/kinship families and allowed 15 birth moms a safe space to share their stories and continue on their path to recovery. Picture:
Inset: The Virtual Family Center (VFC) reached a milestone with 500 members. This special community for parents, by parents continues to grow and provide critical online support and expert chats, allowing parents and caregivers to connect from all across Minnesota without having to travel or find care for their children. (VFC Logo ) August, 2013 Currently there are 18 FASD Diagnostic clinics in Minnesota, yet hundreds of families wait six months or more for an FASD diagnostic appointment. In an effort to increase diagnostic capacity across Minnesota, MOFAS opened a new diagnostic clinic in St. Paul in 2012 with the goal of assessing 60+ patients per year.
Inset: Help support our ongoing work with your ongoing donation. For as little as $25 per month, you can become a member of the MOFAS Circle of Giving, and have a leaf added to the MOFAS giving tree. To make a donation online, go to www.mofas.org/donate.
September, 2013 Imagine a world where all babies are born healthy. During September FASD Awareness Month, MOFAS used social media to spread the “I support 049” campaign to 4,883 friends, supporters, and anyone who believes in this important prevention message, to help ensure that all women in Minnesota who are pregnant or could become pregnant is reached with the 049 – zero alcohol for nine months message. Picture:
Inset: The 5th Annual MOFAS Golf Classic hosted by Governor Arne and Susan Carlson was a huge success with 102 golfers
â€œplaying to prevent FASDâ€? and 20 corporate sponsors helping to make a difference for future generation, right here in Minnesota.
October, 2013 MN State law requires that all children be screened for healthy growth and development before entering kindergarten. In 2012, MOFAS worked with the Minneapolis Public School District to integrate questions about prenatal alcohol use and screened 4,000 children.
November, 2013 Over 340 professionals, caregivers, families, and individuals living with an FASD gathered together at the 1st annual MOFAS FASD Conference in November, 2012 and learned about the latest research and promising practices for prevention and intervention. Picture:
Insert: This yearâ€™s MOFAS FASD matters conference will be November 14-15, 2013. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Sterling Clarren. Registration information is available at www.mofas.org.
January, 2014 As the statewide source for comprehensive, customized FASD trainings for professionals, in 2012, MOFAS trained over 3,000 individuals so that they could better understand the physical, behavioral and cognitive challenges faced by people with an FASD and help eliminate the stigma associated with FASD.
February, 2014 Through 38 total grants, the 2012 Community Grant program created systemic change in preventing prenatal alcohol exposure in the prenatal setting by screening over 4,000 women for alcohol use at each of their prenatal visits. Those women who disclosed any alcohol use were provided support to help
them abstain from alcohol during their pregnancy. Also In 2012, 6,731 children ages 2 â€“ 5 were screened for FASD at well child checks as part of four primary care clinic grants.
Inset: Ninety individuals with an FASD benefited from a range of supportive services, from equine therapy to computer-based teaching models to independent living skills, as a result of six community service grants offered in 2012.
March, 2014 Energy, Inspiration and Purpose! This describes the vibe at the 2012 FASD Day on the Hill at the
Minnesota State Capitol. A record-breaking 122 advocates were in attendance â€“ an amazing 33% increase over last year. Advocates had the opportunity to share their personal stories during 20+ individual appointments with Legislators and pull Senators off the Senator Floor.
A young adult, Richard Walinski, shared his personal story about how early intervention made all the difference in his life. His story is one of overcoming the odds, thanks to the love and support he has received. He is truly an inspiration to all of us.
Inset: 10th Annual Benefit for MOFAS honored Governor Arne Carlson for being among the first to recognize the importance of how prenatal alcohol exposure impacts countless children and families in Minnesota.
April, 2014 April is Alcohol Awareness Month. For some women, it is not as easy as “simply don’t drink during pregnancy”. In order to reach women who are struggling with addiction issues, in 2012, MOFAS developed strong relationships with 31 treatment centers who received staff training on the impact of FASD in addiction treatment.
Inset: “I feel like I can go back to work again, and possibly get on with my life” – This is how one of the 100 women who attended the newly created six week educational series called “Changing Course” reacted. This course give women who used alcohol and drugs a safe place to learn about the ramifications of substance abuse during pregnancy. They can begin to change the course in their lives as they gain knowledge about FASD and how to parent more effectively.
May, 2014 Many different methods of communication are used to bring the 049 prevention message to communities and women all around Minnesota. Our goal is to reach 90% of all women 18-34 in Minnesota a minimum of 4 times through the various public awareness campaigns, activities and events.
June, 2014 The Young Adult Activity Club (YAAC) offered young adults living with an FASD, opportunities to socialize and have fun. Seven young adults with an FASD have begun to participate as panel members for a presentation called â€œLiving with the Challenges of FASDâ€?, where they share their first-hand experiences and have captivated and inspired audiences around the state.
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