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Call for Proposals
NFPA Youth Scholarship
Counselor Needed!
COPARC Volunteer Opportunity
TAFicity, Inc
Upcoming Fun Events
Camp Teen Fundango
RTC Study Participants Needed
Twitter COCAF!
Support Groups
Classroom Training


Siblings in Adoption


February 5, 2013

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

The Adoption Exchange

14232 E Evans Ave

Aurora, CO 80014

Click here for more info.


The Language of Adoption: What I Wish My Parents had Known, Said, or Done


February 9, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

8 W Dry Creek Circle, Ste 120

Littleton, CO 80120

RSVP required by 2/4/13

Click here for more info.


Respite Care Training:

For People Who Want to Help Foster or Adoptive Families and Their Children


February 15, 2013

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

Timberline Church

Room 214

2908 S Timberline Road

Ft Collins, CO 80525

Click here for more info.


Adoption Competent Parenting Series:

Consequences that Work

February 22, 2013

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

8745 W 14th Ave., Ste 100

Lakewood, CO 80228

Click here for more info.


Trauma-Informed Parenting: Parenting for Attachment


March 5, 2013

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

Hope for Children

Family Strengthening Center

801 W. 4th Street

Pueblo, CO 81003

Click here for more info.


 AdoptCare Network Training

Understanding & Meeting the Unique Needs of Foster and Adoptive Families


March 8, 2013

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

Weld County Training Center

1004 H Street

Greeley, CO 80631

Click here for more info.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): When Good Parenting Doesn't Work


March 13, 2013

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

Philip S. Miller Library

Wells Fargo Bank Room

100 S Wilcox

Castle Rock, CO 80104

Click here for more info.


Trauma Informed Parenting


May 7, 2013

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

Colorado Community Church

2220 S. Chambers Rd.

Aurora, CO 80014

Click here for more info.


Healing Ourselves to Heal our Children


May 7, 2013

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

County Commons Building

Mt Royal Room

0037 Peak One Dr

Frisco, CO 80443

Click here for more info.


Sensory Processing Disorder


May 14, 2013

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

Adams County DHS

7401 Broadway

Denver, CO 80221

Click here for more info.


Bipolar Success!

Part 1


June 5, 2013

Part 2


June 12, 2013

Part 3


June 19, 2013

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Public Library

9292 Ridgeline Blvd

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Click here for more info.



Mental Health America of Colorado

 20th Annual Legislative and Educations Advocacy Day (LEAD)


March 1, 2013

 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sheraton Downtown Denver

1550 Court Place

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.



COPARC's Spotlight on the Youth Perspective and Fostering Connection Conference


 April 12, 2013

 American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

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



Families Supporting Adoption Annual Conference


May 11, 2013

More info to come.



These webinars have been receorded and are available 24X7


Adoption Tax Credit: A Guide for State Advocates

Click here for more info.


Successful Stepfamily Living

Click here for more info.


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


Privatization of Child Welfare Services: A Guide for State Advocates

Click here to download.


 Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers Curriculum and TA

Click here to download.




A Child's View of Adoption


February 7, 2013

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

Click here for more info.


Adoption Expert Q&A:

Love Me, Feed Me


February 7, 2013

11:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.

AMETZ Adoption Training Institute

To register for any of these webinars, click here.


For more info, call



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, 2013

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


Ethical Challenges in Adoption Practice


June 6, 2013

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





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Sensory Friendly Films
AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.


March 30, 2013

10:00 a.m.

The Croods (2-D)


Click here for more info.





COCAF is proud to announce Deborah Cave has been elected President of the Board of Directors. Deborah will maintain her position as Executive Director as well. We think this move will position COCAF to become a stronger advocacy organization. Please join us in congratulating Deborah!


February is the month of love...or at least that's what the retailers want us to think! Those of us with adopted children may have more than we can possibly get done...school projects, school parties, kids' appointments...not to mention work and house work. But sometimes we get so wrapped up in the things we "need" to do, that we forget that we need to nurture our relationship with our significant other. So even if you have high-needs children, make February the month that you focus extra attention on your SO. Make that person feel your love, because when things go wrong (and they will from time to time), your SO is the person who will be there with you to pick up the pieces.


Happy February and Valentine's Day!

Colleen Tarket, COCAF Secretary/Treasurer

[email protected]

Call for Proposals:

   Spotlight Conference 

Colorado Post Adoptive Resource Center (COPARC) is now taking proposal submission for the 2013 Spotlight Conference.  Proposals for a 90-minute workshop should focus on the themes of Youth Perspectives and Fostering Family and Community Connections (for families who have adopted through the child welfare system).

Workshops should address giving waiting and adopted youth a voice and/or supporting various types of family and community connections.  For a list of possible topics, please review the submission guidelines.  Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 15, 2013.  Click here for more information.


Exhibit table space is also available to provide information and resources to families. For more information, contact Lucretia Miller at [email protected].

TAX TIME:  Adoption Tax Credit 

Colleagues managing the Save the Adoption Tax Credit campaign recently created an informative fact sheet with FAQs regarding the current status of the adoption tax credit.  To reviews these FAQs, click here.  The FAQs are also posted on the COCAF website; click here to go to the COCAF website link.

NFPA Youth Scholarship
 The National Foster Parent Association

The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) Youth Scholarship Fund was established to benefit foster, adoptive, and birth children of NFPA members.  Up to five scholarships are awarded annually based on available funds.  Scholarships may be awarded to current foster children and biological or adopted children of an NFPA member.

Each scholarship may be for college/university or vocational training.  2013 scholarship applications are due no later than
March 15, 2013.  Click here to see the application requirements and process.

Counselor Needed! 

Terri Patrick, Huerfano/Las Animas Family Resource Center Project Director, adoptive parent, and friend of COCAF, has told us that they are in great need of a part-time, contract-basis counselor.   The Huerfano/Las Animas Family Resource Center is located in Walsenburg, and they need this person to work one or two days a week.  Interested parties should have an LPC, LCSW, or higher to join the team of trauma informed professionals.  Days and hours can be very flexible.  Hourly rate negotiable.  Position comes with an office, support staff, and referrals!  Please contact Terri Patrick at [email protected] or 719-738-2378 for more information.  

COPARC Volunteer Opportunity 

The Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center (COPARC) will be forming specialized advisory councils to further several areas of their program such as:

  • marketing
  • support groups
  • mental health provider relations
  • funding
  • family recruitment and retention


COPARC is looking for adoptive parents, professionals, and mental health providers who would be interested in participating in a council focused on their local community and sharing their time, experiences, ideas, and skills.  If you are interested in joining one of these advisory councils, contact Casi Preheim at 303-755-4756 or by email at [email protected].

TAFicity, Inc.

TAFicity Logo 

TAFicity, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving transracial adoptive families.  TAFicity provides social events and educational programming for their member families, with the educational workshops being open to the larger community.  To join TAFicity, click here.


For people who would like to connect with additional resources regarding race, culture, adoption, or other issues that affect transracial adoptive families, check out TAFicity's Facebook and Linked In pages.



Party on La Playa

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Las Brisas Restaurant

6787 S Clinton St, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

A Benefit for Children's Help and Assistance for Residential Treatment (CHART)


Enjoy a casual Mexican buffet, South American wines, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit mentally ill children. Click here for more information.


Heritage Camp Annual Gala

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Enjoy international food, exciting cultural entertainment, a silent auction, and a raffle you can participate in from anywhere in the country!  Details coming soon.

Camp Teen Fundango 2013


The weekend of June 28 - June 30, 2013, Kids at Heart will have its first Camp Teen Fundango. This camp is a 3-day weekend of camping for adoptive, foster, and kinship teens ages 10-16. The weekend will be held at a primitive camp 45 minutes from Fort Collins; an off-the grid, pristine playground where kids discover both the natural world and their own innate skills and confidences. It's packed full of adventures and activities that engage the kids in skill-building, learning, reflection, and growth. Kids at Heart has partnered with EDUCO Leadership Adventures for this adventure weekend. Teens will be challenged to step outside their comfort zone, connect with new and unexpected friends, and discover their sense of self and leadership. Details are being finalized, and will be available at the Kids at Heart website. Click here to go to their website.

RTC Study Participants Needed 

You are invited to participate in a study titled Residential Treatment and Adoption: The Adoptive Parent Perspective. This study is designed to explore the experience of adoptive parents who have placed an adopted child in a residential treatment center (RTC). The aim of the study is to identify key strategies that RTC professionals can use to support and assist adoptive families as they go through the process of placing an adoptive child in residential. An outline for an adoption competent training curriculum for RTC professionals will be developed upon completion of data collection and analysis.


 Dr. Michele D. Hanna, Associate Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, is conducting the study. In addition, Ms. Diane Mulligan of the Children's Help and Assistance for Residential Treatment (CHART) will serve as subject matter expert and a member of the research team for this project. More information about Ms. Mulligan and CHART is available online at http://www.chartrtc.org/


 Participation in this study will take approximately 3-4 hours of your time. Participation involves the following:

  Completion of a demographic survey (5-10 minutes)

  Participation in an in-depth interview about your experience (average 2 hours)

  Review of the curriculum outline and completion of feedback survey (30-45 minutes)

Each participating family will receive a $25 gift card to either Wal-Mart or Target (your choice) upon completion of the interview.

Please take the time to read the consent form. You may contact Dr. Michele Hanna at [email protected] or 303.871.3444 if you have any questions about the consent form or the project. You may also contact Ms. Mulligan at [email protected] if you have any questions about the project.


If you are interested in participating, please go online to http://gssw.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6YJhlG4teZRshsF to begin.


You may also go to the CHART website and access the link there. You will be asked to indicate your understanding of the consent prior to completing the demographic survey. The original consent form with your signature(s) will be collected at the time of your interview.

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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.


Therapeutic Post-Adoption Support Group

2nd Thursday of the month

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Windsor Timberline Church

360 E Crossroads Blvd

Windsor, CO

Click here for more information.


Aurora Mental Health

Adoption Support Group

2nd & 4th Mondays of the month

Aurora Mental Health

11059 E Bethany Drive

Aurora, CO 80014

Click here for more information.


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 Thursday 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

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 Member (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.


No information on this site should be considered legal advice.  Laws vary by state, so you are urged to research the specific laws, and your rights, within your state.  If you have specific questions regarding your rights, or the laws in your state, please contact an attorney.

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We believe that all children have the right to a permanent loving family. We are dedicated to improving services for every pre- and post-adoptive family and to increasing the knowledge and accountability of public systems. We are committed to advocacy in state and local service planning and delivery, in support of all pre and post adoptive families.

Deborah Cave, Executive Director