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In This Issue
FREE Family Wellness Event
Information Sharing Summits
Foster Youth at CSU Get Success
Families First
Thinking about Adopting?
Family for Life
Transition into Adulthoo
HB 13-1314
Child Therapy Groups with Horses
Foster Parents Who Adopt
Research on FASD
Open Adoption
Upcoming Fun Events
Twitter COCAF!
Support Groups
Classroom Training


Family Diversity in Education:

Foster Care, Kinship Care, & Adoption in Schools


June 6, 2013

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

Community Reach Center

11285 Highline Dr

Northglenn, CO 80233

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.



Surviving & Thriving

A Free Family Wellness Event


June 8, 2013

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

Community Life Center

220 N Grant Ave

Ft Collins, CO

Click here for more info.
Click here to register.


 Integrating Animals Into Your Professional Practice


June 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Barking CAAT Ranch

1255 Lee St

Lakewood, CO 8215

Click here for more info.

Training on DSM 5


June 14, 1013

10:00 a.m. - noon

Devereux Cleo Wallace

8405 Church Ranch Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80021

Contact Skip Barber at [email protected] for more info.



Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Date TBD

Email Agustin Leone at [email protected]

to reserve a spot.





44th Annual Autism Society National Conference


July 10-13, 2013  

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


 CAFCA Annual Conference


July 19, 2013

The Pines at Genesee

More info to come.

2013 NACAC Conference

Thinking Differently:
New Hope for Our Children


August 8-10, 2013
Pre-Conference Sessions: August 7

Toronto, Ontario 
Click here for more info. 



These webinars have been recorded and are available 24X7



Supporting Youth in Transition: The Importance of Case Worker Visits

Click here to for more info.


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.





Understanding the Acting-Out Behavior of Your Adopted Children


June 18, 2013

6:00 p.m.

Click here for more info

Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents & Caregivers Need to Know


July 18, 2013

6:00 p.m.

Click here for more info. 


AMETZ Adoption Training Institute

To register for any of these webinars, click here.


Ethical Challenges in Adoption Practice


June 6, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   

Parent-Child Adoption Activity Group

For children 5-10 and   

their parents

7210 E Orchard Rd, 4th Floor Conf Room

Centennial, CO 80111

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Click here for more info.

 Your Adoption Story

June 6, 2013


The Faces of Family

June 13, 2013


Family Trees

June 20, 2013


"W.I.S.E.R" Responses

June 27, 2013


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.


June 1, 2013

10:00 a.m.

Epic (2-D)


June 29, 2013

10:00 a.m.

Monsters University 


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



As I write this, Mother Nature is reminding me that "spring" and "summer" are just words, and that she can do anything she wants. Obviously right now she wants to remind me that it's too early to put up my sweaters! But warmer weather really is just around the corner, and along with it, summer vacation...and bored children. I know that bored children are frequently whiny children, but try not to schedule every minute for them. Get them involved in figuring out how to entertain themselves so that they start to learn how to take responsibility for their own fun (and happiness). And try not to let the electronics take over - video games and TV are okay once in a while, but not all day. Have a collection of age-appropriate books and puzzles around for them to explore. Other low-cost, low-tech fun activities include sidewalk chalk, scavenger hunts, flashlight tag, and playing in the sprinkler. And, yes, you can play in the sprinkler, too!


Happy SUMMER!!!


Colleen Tarket, Board Member 

[email protected]


FREE Family Wellness Event

Finally Home Foundation and The Matthews House present a unique opportunity for volunteers and professionals who serve foster, adoptive, or at-risk families. Family Wellness, Surviving and Thriving is a free family wellness event designed to give those working with stressful families a chance to build on their skills in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Activities will be available for children and youth aged 0 to 16 years. Click here for more information or contact Kristin at 970-481-9478 or by email at [email protected].


Click here to register.


CO's Children & Youth Information Sharing Summits

The Colorado Children and Youth Information Sharing (CCYIS) Initiative is conducting Information Sharing Summits. The purpose of the Summits is to have broad discussions about why information sharing is important in the State of Colorado.  Family and parent/youth/family organizations are encouraged to attend.


If you need assistance to cover the transportation, per diem, or hotel costs to attend one of these Summits, please contact Anna Lopez by email at [email protected]us. This assistance is available to parents, parent/youth advocates or parent/youth advocacy organizations.  Do not let these costs be a barrier to your or others' attendance. 


June 14 - Adams County (REGISTER BY JUNE 10)

June 21 - Pueblo (REGISTER BY JUNE 17)

July 19 - Aurora (REGISTER BY JULY 15)


If you have any questions about the Summits, send an email to [email protected].


To register, click here.


Foster Youth at CSU Get Success

The Fostering Success Program supports independent Colorado State University students who come from foster care, kinship care, group home, or orphaned backgrounds.  The Fostering Success Program creates a safety net of support and resources for independent youth while they attend CSU.

Success is the biggest challenge facing former foster youth. Fewer than 3 percent nationally will graduate from college. Unlike the vast majority of students, they generally can't lean on family for financial or emotional support, and they often have no place to spend holidays. Many don't get birthday cards or the care packages many of their fellow students take for granted.

Fostering Success was established at CSU in 2010 as a way to fill those voids. At first, the program provided care packages to 13 of CSU's independent students. Since then, the program has expanded to provide scholarship assistance, host dinners, sponsor events and offer numerous other services to more than 35 students.  Click here to read more about this innovative program.


Families First:  Parenting Help

Families First is a family support line offering help with parenting questions, as well as giving resources and referrals for all counties in the state. The toll free number is 1-800-Children (1-800-244-5373), and support is available in both English and Spanish. Click here to go to their website.
Thinking about Adopting?

If you are just thinking about adopting from foster care, take time to read information provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Click here for a list of materials that can help you make an informed decision.


Family for Life
From the Donaldson Adoption Institute

The Donaldson Adoption Institute released a report, A Family for Life; The Vital Need to Achieve Permanency for Children in Care, which looked at permanency practices in Canada, England, and the US. Included in the report is a project in Colorado, Denver's Village, which uses six Community-Based Diligent Recruitment Teams to target specific geographic areas. According to the report, when the project began, children waited an average of 34.6 months after termination of parental rights to achieve permanency; after the project's first 4 years, the average dropped to approximately 13 months. To read the report, click here.


Helping Youth Transition into Adulthood
From the Child Welfare Information Gateway

Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents, a free publication 
from The Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides foster parents with guidance on how to help youth and emerging adults build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care. The first section provides background information on some of the unique challenges that youth in foster care face as they navigate their teenage years, and it includes information on brain development in young adults and programs that can help youth transition successfully to adulthood. The second part includes eight tip sheets that provide information and resources for foster parents on specific topics-such as money management, health care, and employment-so that they can better help youth prepare for independence.   Click here to read the publication.


What Will HB 13-1314 Do? 

Currently the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Department of Human Services (DHS) both administer Medicaid waiver programs. HCPF administers eight of the state's twelve Medicaid waivers. HB 13-1314 will transfer three waivers from the DHS to HCPF to eliminate system fragmentation, and improve the efficiency of the programs.


Click here to go to a fact sheet providing more information about this change and Medicaid waivers.


Child Therapy Groups with Horses

New child therapy groups with horses are starting the second week of June and running through the first week of August. Sessions are available Tuesdays from 4:00 p.n. - 5:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Contact Tatum Oman at 720-470-7244 or by email at [email protected].

Supporting Foster Parents Who Adopt
From the Child Welfare Information Gateway

Preparing and Supporting Foster Parents Who Adopt, a new bulletin from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, discusses the ways that professionals can help foster parents before, during, and after they adopt from foster care in order to ensure that the child and family experience a successful adoption outcome. Foster parents are the most important source of adoptive families for children in the child welfare system. In order to facilitate these types of adoptions, professionals should be knowledgeable about the benefits, costs, and practice implications. Click here to read this bulletin.

Video Presents Research on FASD
From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

The Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) recently posted a recorded workshop on You Tube with information on the latest research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The speaker explores some of the key issues in FASD and interventions shown to help. Click here to watch the video.

Open Adoption
Lori Holden's new book,
The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, written with her daughter's birth mother, offers an exploration of open adoption, an evolving arrangement that has been growing in popularity over the last 20 years.  


Holden's endorsement is personal; she has two children from open adoptions and maintains that openness helps heal adoption's split between a person's "biology" and "biography." She references open adoption as a "process" that encourages high-functioning relationships between birth parents, extended family members, and adopted parents. Open, honest, age-appropriate dialogue with adopted children about their biological background is stressed.  


Click here to read more about this book





The Never Alone Foundation  

1st Annual Music Festival

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

Lakewood Heritage Center at Belmar Park

801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO


Come enjoy music by The Epilogues, Proprio, Council of Word, The Colorado Springs Taiko Drummers, Tony Exum, Jesse Quintana, and Schaefer and Associates. Kids will enjoy

bounce houses, face painting, and a bubble station. The Denver Zoo will have animals on hand for the kids to learn about, see, and experience. Bring a picnic and the whole family for a full day chock full of fun and music in a gorgeous surrounding!


Click here to buy tickets.



Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of CO Fundraiser

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bob's Atomic Burgers

1310 Ford Street, Golden, CO


Visit with the therapy goats and dogs while enjoying live music and munching a delicious burger.

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. 


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.


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