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FREE Conference
College Scholarships
Attachment Videos
Never Alone Foundation
Access to Adoption Records
House Hearing on Adoption
Medicaid & Children in Foster Care
Contest for Kids
What Foster Parents Wish
NACAC Conference
Crisis Hotline Numbers
Upcoming Fun Events
Camp Teen Fundango
Twitter COCAF!
Support Groups
Classroom Training

  GLBT Center of  

Northern CO

Organization Collaboration Workshop


April 11, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

100 N Mason St

Ft Collins, CO

Click here for more info.


Connecting Children Trauma and You


April 25, 2013

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

Mesa County DHS

Conference Room 1060

510 - 29 � Rd

Grand Junction, CO

Click here for more info.

Respite Care Training


April 26, 2013

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

Mesa County DHS

Conference Room 1060

510 - 29 � Rd

Grand Junction, CO

Click here for more info.

Characteristics of Parents Who Cope Well


April 26, 2013

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

8745 W 14th Ave, Ste 100

Lakewood, CO 80215

Click here for more info.


 Empowering Families:

Providing Tools for Parents, Foster Parents, and Caregivers in Caring for Children with Mental, Emotional, Behavioral, and/or 

Brain Disabilities


April 27, 2013

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

Rainbow Community Center

2140 E. 88th Ave.

Thornton, CO 80229

Click here for more info.  

The Language of Adoption: The Comfort of Chaos


May 4, 2013

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

8 W Dry Creek Circle, Ste 120

Littleton, CO 80120

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 Road

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 Workshops


May 16, 23, & 30, 2013

Byers Branch Denver Public Library

675 Santa Fe Dr

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.

We Are the Tools of Our Trade: How the Therapist's Own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy


May 18, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek

1475 S Colorado Blvd

Denver, CO 80222

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.



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

 Monday & Tuesday

April 15 & 16, 2013

Hilton Hotel

Ft. Collins, CO

Click here for more info


 Families Supporting Adoption Annual Conference


May 11, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

LDS Church

Aurora, CO 

Click here for more info.


 CAFCA Annual Conference


July 19, 2013

The Pines at Genesee

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.


Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act

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.


Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood

Click here to download.





AMETZ Adoption Training Institute

To register for any of these webinars, click here.


For more info, call


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.   

AMC Autism Logo  
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.


April 6, 2013

10:00 a.m.

The Croods (2-D)


Click here for more info.




Heritage Camps


Click here for more information on any Heritage Camp.



June 13-16


African Caribbean

June 20-23


Latin American

June 27-30


Indian Nepalese

July 11-14



July 18-21



July 18-21


Domestic Adoption

July 25-28


Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian (REECA)

July 25-28


Chinese II

August 1-4



August 1-4



August 30-Sept 2



If you're struggling through spring break with bored children, then think about what this summer is going to be like!  Time to look into camps that might interest your children and make the summer more pleasant for everyone.,  We've listed some camps in this newsletter, and if you know of any others, be sure to let us know so we let everyone know about them.


You should also take a minute and look at the upcoming classes and conferences.  (It's not too late to register for the Spotlight Conference -- and it's free to families who have adopted from the foster care system.)  Education is a great way to learn new skills, but these classes and conferences also give you a chance to meet and network with other adoptive parents.


Spring is also a great time to start thinking of outdoor projects you can do with your children.  Plant a garden, build a dog house (or a bird house), create an outdoor play area - these are all things that everyone can help with and you can use these opportunities to help your family bond.  Just remember that not everything will go exactly as planned, but that like a family, perfection isn't the goal.


Happy spring!!!


Deborah Cave, COCAF Executive Director and Board President

[email protected]


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

Friday, April 12, 2013

American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401


There is still time to register for this FREE conference for families who have adopted from the foster care system.  Register today!!!!  Click here for more information


College Scholarships for Youth Adopted from Foster Care
Education is an important part of life. In baseball terms, it gives you a healthy lead as you round the bases. UMPS CARE Charities partnered with The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) and Slate XP to offer the UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship. The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship is for children adopted from foster care, in order to help provide a college education to students who otherwise might not be able to afford one. All-Star Scholarships are open to children adopted from U.S. foster care at the age of 12 years or older to provide increased opportunities for advanced education. Scholarship funding will provide for $5,000 scholarships for a two-year institution -OR- $10,000 scholarships for a four-year institution.  The application deadline is  May 17, 2013.  To access the application, click here.


Free Videos on Attachment & Bonding
From The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio 

The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio places particular emphasis on facilitating the connection between adopted children and their parents. Five free, brief videos are available on their youtube channel. The videos address the following topics:
*  Sibling Rivalry in Adoptive Families
*  Why is it so Intense?
*  Pre-Adoptive Expectations: Parents, Brothers,
    Sisters, and the Adoptee
*  The Impact of Trauma on Child Development:
    "The New Arrival is Younger than Anticipated"
*  The Impact of Trauma on Child Development:
    "The New Arrival is Younger than Anticipated"
*  No Anger Zone: Maintaining a Peaceful Emotional
    Climate in Adoptive Families

Click here to go to the videosClick here to go to the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio.  


The Never Alone Foundation
In Memory of Laurel, Hannah, Zoe and Lucy Constantinides


The Never Alone Foundation invests in families connected with the international adoption community.  Drawing from the foundation's reservoir, Never Alone bridges the financial gap to assist parents in bringing home orphaned children. Never Alone also offers aid to parents shouldering significant medical expenses as they endeavor to bring their youngsters to full physical health.  Finally, Never Alone provides financial assistance allowing families to access the unique post-placement services and support that help children with adoption challenges learn to be born in their parents' hearts.  For more information, click here.

Access to Adoption Records
From the Child Welfare Information Gateway 

The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a factsheet that discusses laws that provide for access to both nonidentifying and identifying information from an adoption record by adoptive parents and adult adopted persons. Click here to read the factsheet.

House Hearing on Adoption from Foster Care 

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing on March 13, 2013, on how to boost adoptions from foster care. Click here to read a summary of the issue from
The Foundry


Medicaid & Children in Foster Care
From the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) has made available the latest in a series of upcoming policy briefs, Medicaid and Children in Foster Care. Co-authored by Kamala Allen, Director of Child Health Quality, and Taylor Hendricks, Communications Associate, Center for Health Care Strategies, this brief details the health care needs of children in foster care and the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage for this population, highlighting existing policy levers that may help to address some of the ongoing health and well-being issues faced by children in foster care.


Click here to go to the brief.


"Rad Ric" Contest for Kids

Empower your transracially adopted kids to respond to racism in a confident and effective way, and begin speaking with your kids about race issues with the help of the "Rad Ric" contest. This is a tool for your kids to use under your supervision.


For contest details, click here.

Mail in your entries by May 1, 2013, and follow Beyond Words Psychological Services on Facebook so your child can see their work posted online for all to see their creativity and hard work. The winner will receive a W.I.S.E.Up! Powerbook!

What Foster Parents Wish Other People Knew


A blog on one foster parent's perspective on being a foster parent. Click here to read the blog.


NACAC Conference 

North American Council on Adoptable Children

39th Annual Conference Thinking Differently:

New Hope for Our Children


From August 7-10, 2013, NACAC presents its 39th annual conference in Toronto, Ontario. The conference is perfect for adoptive, foster, and birth parents, child welfare professionals, adoptees, foster care alumni, kinship providers, and other child advocates.


Click here for more info.

Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers 
From The Child Welfare Information Gateway

Click here  for a list of toll-free phone numbers maintained by crisis organizations that offer emergency help with situations ranging from child abuse to youth runaways. Spanish version is also available.



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: 

Flavors of the World

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!  Click here for more information.



Meet the Animals

Open House & Silent Auction to benefit Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado

Saturday May 4, 2013, noon -3:00 p.m.

Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch

1255 Lee Street

Lakewood, CO 80215


Food and beverages will be provided, as well as tours and entertainment for the kids. Wear your boots and meet our sanctuary ranch horses, goats, dogs, cats, and rats and help raise money to provide counseling for needy children and families!


The Never Alone Foundation  

1st Annual Music Festival

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Grant Amphitheater, Littleton, CO


More information to follow.


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.

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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.

ACL Boulder, 5744 North 71st Street, Longmont, Colorado 80503

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


EMPOWER Littleton/Aurora/Englewood

1st & 3rd Thursday

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

Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network

155 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112

Contact Carol Villa at 303-790-1055 for more information or email [email protected]


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


Adoptive Parent Support Group


March 6 - April 24, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

8 W Dry Creek Circle, Suite 120, Littleton, CO 80120

Cost $40 per session or $295 for 8 weeks

Contact Dr. Wirta at 303-522-3184 to enroll.


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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Deborah Cave, Executive Director