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In This Issue
Support Groups
Youth In Transition
Therapists Needed
CSFPA Conference
Moving Your Life Beyond Graduation
Special Needs Plan
Adoption Assistance
School Services Survey
International Adoptees
Information for Teens
Upcoming Fun Events
Twitter COCAF!
Sensory Friendly Films
Classroom Training


 Mobilizing Families

Thursdays (9 weeks)

Sept. 20-Nov.15, 2012

Click here for more info.


Adoption Competent Parenting Series: Baby Love

4th Friday of the month

Oct 2012-May 2013

8745 W 14th Ave., Ste 100

Lakewood, CO 80228

Click here for more info.


 Respite Care Training


October 5, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Adoption Exchange

14232 E Evans Ave

Aurora, CO 80014

Click here for more info.


Providing Care for Children and Youth with Trauma/Attachment Difficulties


Oct. 8, 2012

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Church of Christ of Longmont

1351 Collyer St

Longmont, CO

Click here for more info.


Youth in Transition: Advocating for your Youth During their Transition into Adulthood


October 10, 2012

5:00 - p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Community Reach

11285 Highline Dr

Northglenn, CO 80233

Click here for more info.


 Trauma Informed Parenting


October 22, 2012

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Parker Hills Bible Fellowship

7137 E Parker Hills Court

Parker, CO 80138

Click here for more info.


How To Ensure Your Differently-Abled Child Is Well Educated In Public School!


October 26, 2012

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

8745 W. 14th Ave, Ste 100

Lakewood, CO 80215

Click here for more info.


Guardianship from all Angles


Oct. 26, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lowry Conference Center

1061 Akron Way, Bld. 697

Denver, CO 80230

Click here for more info.


Respite Care Training


November 10, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hope for Children Family Strengthening Center

801 W 4th St

Pueblo, CO 81003

Click here for more info


How to Talk to Your Kids about Their History


Nov. 15, 2012

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

803 3rd Ave.

Longmont, CO

Click here for more info.


Healing Through the Developmental Stages


January 8, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Adams County DHS

7401 Broadway

Denver, CO 80221

Click here for more info.




Reading in the Rockies 2012

Friday & Saturday

Oct. 12 & 13, 2012

The Hyatt at Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, CO

Click here for more info.


Colorado State Foster Parent Association (CSFPA)

 Education Conference 2012

Wednesday - Friday

October 17 - 19, 2012

Beaver Run Resort &

Conference Center

Breckenridge, CO

Click here for more info.


7th Biennial Adoption Conference "Best Interests of the Child?"
Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption
The Adoption Initiative/St. John's University
October 18-20, 2012

New York, NY

Click here for more info.


Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference: Silver Anniversary, Bringing People Together and Breaking Down Barriers

Save the Date!

Monday & Tuesday

April 15 & 16, 2013


Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care & Young People Who Are Transitioning out of Care

AMETZ Adoption Training Institute

To register for any of these webinars, click here.


For more info, call 212-558-9949.


Parent Education for Special Needs Adoption


December 18, 2012

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Transracial Adoption: Helping Everyone Prepare, Settle In and Flourish


January 8, 2013

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


A Child's View of Adoption


February 7, 2013

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Bio-Psychological Approach to Emotional and Behavioral Regulation in Children


May 8, 2012

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Ethical Challenges in Adoption Practice


June 6, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Support Groups


Sometimes our children provide us with challenges that we're just not quite ready to handle.  And sometimes support groups can help us find the answers we need, or at least make us feel okay about the unique challenges we're facing.  Here are a couple of support groups that might be helpful.


The Be The Change Challenge

(For parents of challenging children)

2nd Tuesday of each month

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1685 29th St, Suite 1264, Boulder, CO 80301

Call 630-841-0458

Click here for more info.


EMPOWER Colorado Adams County Rainbow Center

2140 E 88th Ave,

Thornton, CO  80229

3rd Monday of each month

6:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.

Contact:  KimNichelle Rivera 303-226-5536


NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group for Adults

ADMHN Building, 3rd floor

5500 S. Sycamore St, Littleton, CO  80120


7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Contact:  Carol 



NAMI Family Support Group Teleconference

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

of each month

Contact:  [email protected]


Positive Outcomes Comprehensive Post-Adoption Services

Parent Support Group

7853 E Arapahoe Ct #1400, Centennial, CO  80112

Call 303-721-6966 for more information.



Louisville Parent Support Group

Second Tuesday of the month
(10/9, 11/13, 12/11)

7:00 - 8:30

Art Underground,

 901 Front Street,

Louisville, CO 80027

$25 per session; reservations required.

Call 720-352-1743 or mail your payment to

Parent Support Group,

608 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027



Fall has arrived and the holidays are just around the corner. Before your life gets too busy, you might want to take advantage of some the great educational opportunities available in October, including the CSFPA conference, the PEP conference, and several workshops on how to help your maturing child prepare for adulthood.


And it's not too early to start thinking about ways to incorporate your children into the planning of the holiday activities. When children become part of the planning, it helps them to feel like they belong and helps them understand how much effort it takes to do things like shop for Thanksgiving dinner. While it might take you longer to do things with their help, you're actually helping to teach your child valuable skills that they'll need to be successful adults.


Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!


Deborah Cave, Executive Director

[email protected]


Youth In Transition Workshop

Adam Robe Pic 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Community Reach Center

11285 Highline Dr., Northglenn, CO 80233

Preparing our children to enter the adult world can be a daunting task.  This workshop will give you the information you need to help your child make that transition successfully.


Workshop presenter Adam Robe, MSW, a former foster child and adoptee, is the CEO for Foster Care Alumni of America and  author of the Robbie the Rabbit™ books a series of children's stories designed specifically for children in foster care.   Click here for more information or to register for the workshop.


Therapists Needed!!! 

Many adoptive families live in rural areas or areas with few adoption-competent therapists.  COCAF has been trying to find a way to help these families, and we'd like to suggest the therapists that they offer their services "remotely" by using Skype® (or a similar product).  If you are a therapist and would be willing to use Skype® to provide therapeutic services, please email COCAF at [email protected].  We will build a database and maintain it on our website for families in need of this type of service.  [Please note that inclusion on this list will in no way constitute endorsement of a specific therapist's services by COCAF. ]

CSFPA Conf LogoCSFPA Annual Education Conference 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 through

Friday, October 19, 2012

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, Breckenridge, Colorado


 The Colorado State Foster Parent Association (CSFPA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Annual Education Conference, "We are the Ones... We Make the Difference."   "We" means everyone in the system, including  foster, adoptive, and kinship parents; case workers; GALs; case aids; CASAs; respite providers; and group home providers. "We" make the difference in a child's life.


The conference will be held at the Beaver Run Resort; special conference room rates start at $97 per night if you reserve by October 5.  To reserve a room, click here.   Enter 50CFPE as the group password.  Conference registration closes October 10. Payment can be made by credit card online or by mailing a check. Discount rates, workshop availability, respite reimbursement, and other benefits are limited and accepted on a first come first served basis.  Click here to register.  Contact CSFPA for information on respite care reimbursement.

Moving Your Life Beyond Graduation 

For YoutGraduationh 13 Years & Up


Saturday, October 27, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Beyond Graduation is a project of Family Link along with the Association for Community Living(ACL)  and Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). It includes a set of youth-centered tools designed to help young people who are neuro-diverse and supported through IEPs, plan more effectively as they face these important decision and changes.  Ideally planning should start in middle school to make sure choices in high school align to your student's goals.


Youth 13 and up and their parents/family members and friends are welcome to attend.  Lunch is provided with pre-registration. This workshop is free and held at BVSD Education Center at 6500 Arapahoe in Boulder.


To register for the October workshop (deadline is Oct. 22) or more information, contact Anna Stewart, BVSD Parent Liaison, at 720-561-5918 or by email at [email protected].


Other upcoming events include:

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.:  

 Gathering Data/Assessments

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.:

Creating an Action Plan

March 2013:  Job Fair

Special Needs Plan Picnic 

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

MetroPoint One Building, 4600 S. Ulster St., Denver, CO, 80237


For those of you with special needs children, you really should consider putting a Special Needs Plan in place to ensure your child will be cared for in the event you are no longer able to care for him or her.   This workshop (with a picnic included) contains the information parents need to begin planning or, if they already have a plan, the information they need to sure that their current plan is up to date, conforms with current laws, and will support their child's independence when they are no longer able to be involved in their child's life. It is presented in a safe, comfortable, informational manner.  Call 720-529-9800 for more information.
Importance of Adoption Assistance 
From NACAC  


Research clearly shows that adoption assistance plays a critical role in enabling parents to adopt foster children who have special needs, are older, or might otherwise age out of care without finding permanent, loving families. Without adoption, these youth will be at high risk of dropping out of school or getting pregnant, becoming homeless or incarcerated, and facing other challenges. Yet some states-perhaps not realizing the long-term personal, societal, and financial benefits of adoption assistance benefits-are cutting back on them or considering doing so.


The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has partnered with NACAC on a nationwide campaign to counter this trend by raising public awareness, educating policy makers, and providing advocacy materials for parents, professionals, and other activists to use at the state level. Today, we released The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children's Lives (While Saving States Money) to help individuals understand this issue and advocate to maintain these crucial benefits.  Click here to access this valuable document. 

School Services Survey 

PEAK Parent Center would like input regarding your child with a disability and the educational planning and services he or she is receiving in their school setting.  The information you provide will inform PEAK Parent Center about how they can help improve the quality of services delivered to children with disabilities and their families. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and your responses will remain strictly confidential.  All the information gathered will be used in aggregate and no individual responses will be identifiable.  Click here to access the survey. 


If you would like to receive the survey in Spanish, email [email protected].

International Adoptees Discussion Panel 
From Adoptive Family Resources

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

The Adoption Exchange, 14232 E Evans Ave., Aurora, CO  80014


A panel of adult international adoptees and their parents will discuss the experiences, struggles, and triumphs that they encountered along their journeys.  This discussion panel will offer attendees valuable insight into the experiences of international adoptees and their adoptive families, from placement to adulthood.


This free class is open to all adoptive families, and pizza and beverage will be provided.  For more information, contact Michelle Betsch at 303-755-4756 ext 204 or by email at [email protected].  Click here to register. 

Aging Out of Foster Care: 

Important Information for Teens 

From the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC)


Intended for adolescents in foster care in the District of Columbia, the Aging Out of Foster Care: Important Information for Teens brochure from DC's Children's Law Center Teen Task Force explains key steps teens should take to prepare themselves for transitioning to adulthood when they age out of foster care. While written for DC teens, the information can be applied to teens anywhere. Actions teens should take each year from age 15 through 20 are listed. Click here to go to the brochure.

FREE PEP Conferences

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) has announced dates for upcoming conferences.


Join them for one of three conferences this year: October 25-27, in Vail; February 28 - March 2, 2013, location TBD; 

May 2-4, 2013, location TBD.


Click here for more information and a conference application.


PEP Conferences bring parents and professionals together to allow them the opportunity to share ideas, discuss concerns, celebrate successes, and obtain information relating to parenting, educating and supporting a child with a disability-from ages birth to twenty-one. In addition, the conference promotes the partnerships between parents and professionals that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities in schools and the community.


PEP Conferences are sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education Exceptional Student Services/Special Education Department and are free of charge.



Walk on the Wild Side to Benefit DCAC

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver, CO  80205


It's a 1920s-era circus, it's a fashion show, it's a benefit for Denver Children's Advocacy Center presented by Ergün Tercan European Salon.  Step right up! You don't want to miss this! From amazing hair designs and circus performers to a buffet dinner and a live auction, the evening will be packed with entertainment, all to benefit the Denver Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC).  Click here for more information.



The Heart of Dixie

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Seawell Grand Ballroom, 1101 13th Street Denver, CO 80204

Join The Adoption Exchange for the 25th Annual Fantasy Ball on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the  Seawell Grand Ballroom. This year's event, "The Heart of Dixie," will feature exciting entertainment by Marcia Ball, delicious catering by Epicurean, along with an exciting silent and live auction.


Click here to purchase tickets.


Twitter @Adopt_Colorado 


Check us out at http://www.twitter.com/Adopt_Colorado  and follow us!  You'll get up to the minute news on classes, resources, and adoption issues. 

Sensory Friendly Films Program 
AMC Theatres®  and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy movies in a sae and accepting environment with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.   Tickets are $4-6 depending on location and can be purchased on the day of the event.   For more information or to sign up for notices of upcoming movies, click here.    Both the AMC Westminster 24 and AMC Southlands 16 offer these films. 

Upcoming shows:

 October 13:   Frankenweenie

COCAF strives to provide Colorado's adoptive families with the information and resources they need to keep their families healthy and happy.  If you have ideas for topics you think we should cover, please let us know.  And if you find a good resource -- definitely let us know.  Please forward your ideas or information to me at [email protected].  Materials received by the 20th of a month will be considered for inclusion in the next month's newsletter.

Wishing all families peace, serenity, and a good sense of humor,
Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board President (and newsletter put-ter-together-er)

COCAF does not recommend or endorse any specific book, website, survey, study, or provider of services.  The purpose of the COCAF e-newsletter is to provide families with potential resources.  All information contained in this newsletter is for general informational purposes only and as is without warranty expressed or implied, and shall not constitute legal, medical, psychiatric, educational, or parenting advice.  COCAF is not be liable for any damages arising from using the information in this newsletter, including direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and/or consequential damages.


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