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Post-Adoption Services
FREE Subsidy Webinars
COPARC Conference
Scholarship Opportunity
Adoption Tax Credit
Parenting Abused Children
Adoptee Rights
Considering Adoption?
Adoption Tax Credit
Child Care Tax Credit
Autism Interventions
FREE Webinars
Summer Jobs for Boulder Teens
Support Groups
Classroom Training

Morphology Madness Make-and-Take Games


March 1, 2014

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

Christ our Savior Lutheran Church

640 Alpine Street

Longmont, CO


Decker Public Library

1501 S Logan St

Denver, CO


HillSprings Learning Center

2776 Janitell Rd

Colorado Springs, CO


8044 W Highway South

Salida, CO

Click here for more info.


Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents
March 4, 2014

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

Gym at Foothills Gateway Inc. 

301 Skyway Dr.

Ft. Collins, CO 80525 

Click here for more info.


Parenting Kids from   

Hard Places Training:   

An Introduction to TBRI �


March 8, 2014

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Foothills Bible Church
6100 South Devinney Way
Littleton, CO 80127

Click here for more info.


 When Is My Skin Going to Turn Your Color


March 11, 2014

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

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.

Tweens and Teens What I   

Would Tell You If I Could   

Find The Words


March 13, 2014

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Front Range Community College
Rocky Mountain Room S0148

3645 West 112th Ave.
Westminster, CO 8003RSVP required

Email [email protected] to RSVP.

Click here for more info.



Relationship Enhancement & Positive Discipline


March 15, 2014

9:00 a.m. - noon

Christ Community Church

1301 15th St

Greeley, CO

Register by March 9

Contact Loni at 970-339-8545


Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Parents' Guide To Advocacy   

for the Educational Needs   

of Children in Their Care

Wednesday & Thursday

March 19 & 20, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Edgewater Recreation Center

5845 W. 25th Ave.

Edgewater, CO 80214

Click here for more info.


Take a Break: Rest & Respite for Caregivers & Families


March 21, 2014

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

La Junta, CO

Click here for more info.


Take a Break: Rest & Respite for Caregivers & Families


April 5, 2014

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs, CO

Click here for more info.


Surviving & Thriving

Family Wellness Event


April 5, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Timberline Church

East Auditorium

2908 S Timberline Rd

Fort Collins, CO

Click here for more info.

Click here to register.



Developmental Consequences of Child Maltreatment


April 8, 2014

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

Anschutz Medical Campus

Kempe - Education Center

13123 E 16th St

Aurora CO 80045

Click here for more info. 


Trust Based Relational Intervention� for Every Day and Attachment:   

Yours, Mine, and Ours

Friday & Saturday

April 11-12, 2014

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

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

Foothills Bible Church
6100 South Devinney Way
Littleton, CO 80127

Click here for more info.


Creating a Circle of Hope -   

FASD Prevention and Intervention Training


May 6, 2014

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

Ft Logan Campus Auditorium

3520 West Oxford Avenue

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.


Understanding Grief & Coping with Loss


May 13, 2014

Colorado Springs, CO

Click here for more info.  


Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Parents' Guide To Advocacy   

for the Educational Needs of Children in Their Care

Thursday & Friday

May 15 & 16, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

El Pueblo

1 El Pueblo Ranch Way

Pueblo, CO 81006

Click here for more info.


Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused

June 13 & 14, 2014

Friday, 4:40 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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

Northeast Regional Training Center

2573 Midpoint Drive
Fort Collins CO 80525

Click here for more info.


Starting Over:  

An Intensive Family Intervention Training for Defiant & Out-of-Control Children

Saturday & Sunday

July 12-13, 1014

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.



"Nothing About Me Without Me": Including Children and Youth in FGDM


March 11, 2014


Click here for more info. 


 Adoption Assistance  

Eligibility and Benefits


March 12, 2014


Click here for more info.

Developing a Youth Speak Out Advocacy Team


March 25, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.


Advocating for Adoption Assistance


March 26, 2014


Click here for more info.


Fundraising for Groups


April 23, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.

Untangling the Web: The Internet's Transformative Impact on Domestic and International Adoption


April 30,2014

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

Click here for more info.



COPARC's Annual
Spotlight Conference

Resources: Life Beyond Labels


April 18, 2014

Mile High Station

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.



21st Annual National  

Foster Care Conference "Footsteps to the Future"


May 28-30, 2014

Hilton Daytona Beach
Oceanfront Resort

100 N Alantic Ave

Daytona Beach, FL

Click here for more info.


2014 NACAC Conference

Permanency Matters:

A Family for Growing Up and Growing Old 

Wednesday - Saturday

July 23-26, 2014

Kansas City, MO

Click here more information. 



27th Annual
National Independent Living Conference  

"Growing Pains 2014"

  For Adults and Youth


August 26-29, 2014
Sheraton Downtown Denver

1550 Court Pl

Denver, CO 80202

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.


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.


The Uninterrupted Scholars Act: How Do Recent Changes to FERPA Help Child Welfare Agencies Get Access to School Records?

Click here to download.

The 50 State Chartbook on Foster Care: A Web-Based Data Resource for Child Welfare Professionals

Click here to download.

  Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People Who Are Transitioning from Foster Care
FREE Online Courses
FREE AFP Online Classes

These classes are available free to families who have adopted internationally or privately. To get your online training code and instructions for accessing your free training class, contact Michelle Betsch at [email protected] or



Conspicuous Families

  Discipline and the Adopted Child: Ain't Misbehavin'


Finding the Missing Pieces 


The Journey Of Attachment 


 Tough Starts: Brain Development Matters  

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.

March 29
Muppets Most Wanted

April 19

Rio 2


Click here for more info.



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. 



In my teen years, March was my favorite month. I grew up in north Texas, and March meant spring, St. Patrick's Day (yes, I am Irish!), and my birthday - the trifecta of happiness. But as life went on, things changed. I moved to Colorado where March is the snowiest month. I was finally old enough to drink beer on St. Patrick's Day, only to discover I do not like beer...not even a little bit! And while birthdays are nice, once you get to a certain age (which I will not reveal here), they're just really not that big of a deal. So now March is just another month to me, not because March changed, but because I changed.


My changes happened over a number of years, and mostly because of choices I willingly made.


Our children were forced to change in ways that can cause extreme trauma, disruption, and chaos - even if they were adopted at birth. While most did not ask to be adopted, absolutely none of them asked to be put in the position that made them available to be adopted. So change for our children may come with a sense of dread, even when it's something we perceive as being a good change. Try to remember this as your children are faced with change. Be willing to talk about any changes they face, and most importantly, be willing to listen to them when they express concerns about a change. While their trepidation may not make sense to you, accept that it is very real to them and provide them with the support they need to navigate the change successfully.






Colleen Murphy Tarket, Board Member 

[email protected]  

Are You Receiving County-Provided Post-Adoption Services?

In early February, COCAF Executive Director Deborah Cave and board member Colleen Tarket met with three members of CHDS Office of Children, Youth, and Families staff: Deputy Director Robert Werthwein; Permanency Manager, Gretchen Russo; and Adoption Program Administrator, Constance (Connie) Vigil.


COCAF and CDHS meet a few times a year to discuss ways to improve pre- and post-adoption support and services. During this meeting, Connie mentioned that some counties are offering post-adoption services in lieu of adoption assistance payments (subsidies) or to complement the adoption assistance payments. CDHS would like feedback on whether or not these services are benefiting the families and which services are providing the most benefit.


If you are receiving any post-adoption services through the County, please email COCAF and let us know what services you are receiving, how those services have affected your family (positively or negatively), and what county is providing the services.


COCAF will compile all the information ONLY and then forward it to CDHS (without any identifying information). CDHS will not be provided any information identifying you or your family unless you specifically ask us to provide that information to them. Your feedback could help other families in need of services.


Click here to email COCAF.


FREE Adoption Assistance (Subsidy) Webinars 
From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)


With funding from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, NACAC is offering two free webinars on adoption subsidy. Both are presented by Adoption Subsidy Resource Center project coordinator Josh Kroll. Adoption subsidies can be critical for adoptive families, so please take time to attend these webinars.


Adoption Assistance Eligibility and Benefits

Wednesday, March 12 - noon


In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted from foster care, including eligibility, benefits, taxes, and more. The workshop is designed for both prospective parents seeking to learn more about the support available for the children they adopt and parents who are seeking an adjustment due to a change in their child's need or circumstances. Click here to register


Advocating for Adoption Assistance 

Wednesday, March 26 - noon


During this free webinar, participants will learn how to advocate for adoption assistance programs in their state or province. In these tight financial times, legislators sometimes seek to cut adoption assistance programs and advocates need to be ready to respond. Even if your local adoption assistance program is not under threat, proactive advocacy can help maintain and even enhance these important benefits for children who have special needs. Click here to register.


Adoption from Foster Care Conference
From the Colorado Post Adoption Resource Center (COPARC)

COPARC's Annual Spotlight Conference, Resources: Life Beyond Labels, will be held Friday, April 18, 2014, at Mile High Station in Denver.


This day-long conference offers the opportunity to meet and share information with adoptive and foster families as well as the professionals who work with these families.  Click here for more information.  



Scholarship Opportunity

Deadline to apply is March 28, 2014.

Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth is now accepting applications. 


Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement/potential, motivation, potential for success in their chosen program and field, and financial need. Scholarship awards can be up to $10,000 per year (with typical awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000) and are based on financial need, the strength of the student application, and the student's educational plan.


Help Make the Adoption Tax Credit Refundable


As tax season surrounds us, please keep in mind that we still need changes to the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC). Get educated on the ATC by going to The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group Executive Committee website or by liking their Facebook page. Please join the fight to protect the adoption tax credit!

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect
From the Child Welfare Information Gateway 

Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. The Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect factsheet is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support.


Click here to go to the factsheet.

Adult Adoptees Hoping for Legislative Changes

In February, the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move SB 51 forward to the Finance Committee; SB 51 will allow adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates.  


Adoptees in Search - Colorado's Triad Connection has been instrumental in moving this legislation forward. COCAF is in support of this bill, and will provide more information as it goes through the approval process.



Single and Considering Adoption?

Are you single and considering adoption? Click here to go to a list of resources put together by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.


Spotlight on LGBTQ Youth

The Children's Bureau Express has launched a new website with great information for foster, kinship, and adoptive families. Each month a new topic is covered. The February spotlight is on LGBTQ Youth.


It is estimated that 5 to 10 percent of the children and youth in foster care identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). It is likely that this population is much higher, and these youth face unique challenges and have specific needs. This month's CBX looks at an initiative by the Center for the Study of Social Policy on the challenges affecting LGBTQ youth in child welfare settings, a guide to help child welfare professionals better care for LGBTQ youth in foster care, and more.  


Click here to go to the website.
Adoption Tax Credit Updates 

Curious about the status of the Adoption Tax Credit legislation? Click here to see the most current information.


Child Care Contribution Credit


Colorado taxpayers that make a monetary contribution to promote child care may claim an income tax credit of 50% of the total contribution. In-kind contributions of property (non-monetary donations) do not qualify for the credit. [�39-22-121, and 39-22-121 (6.7)(c), C.R.S.]


Click here to see the Colorado tax information.


Which Autism Interventions Work Best
From Disability Scoop

Click here to read this article by Michelle Diament, covering evidence-based interventions for autism. For more information on evidence-based interventions for autism, go to the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder website.


Family Group Decision Making Webinars
From the National Resource Center for Permanency & Family Connections (NRCPFC)

The Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect has announced the dates for their free upcoming webinar series on Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) and other family engagement approaches.  This series, for child and family serving professionals, advocates, foster parents, and other community stakeholders, will include a wide range of topics by presenters representing many areas in the field of family inclusion in decision making. All these webinars are free of charge.


"Nothing About Me Without Me": Including Children and Youth in FGDM

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, noon


Detained Immigrant Parents' Place at the Table; The Parental Interest Directive

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, noon


Preparing Parents for Family Meetings: A Path to Increased Family Engagement

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, noon


Competencies for Strengths-based Family Workers

Thursday, August 14, 2014, noon


Leading the Way: Supervisors Promoting Critical Thinking in FGDM Practice

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, noon


Family Group Decision Making: Engaging, Encouraging, and Empowering Families to Succeed

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, noon


Believe it or Not: The Interplay between Child Welfare Agency Staff Attitudes and Knowledge about FGDM and Implementation

Summer Jobs for Boulder Teens
Deadline to apply is Friday, March 28, 2014.

Boulder teens aged 14-17 looking for a summer job should check out the Youth Corps website.  


Click here for more information.   




Fort Collins, Saturday, March 1, 2014  

Fundango is a respite program for all children of foster and adoptive parents in northern Colorado. Screened and trained volunteers lead groups through stations like crafts, snack, and games. We also provide a dinner. While we are playing, parents have an opportunity to take a break from parenting.


Click here for more information.



Flavors of the World Gala

Benefiting Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families 

April 5, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Highlands Masonic Center

3555 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO   

Come celebrate and support the work of Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families
with an exciting evening of flavorful food, cultural entertainment, and silent auction.


Click here for more information or to buy tickets. 




IDA-RMB Dining for Dyslexia  

at the Wynkoop

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

1634 18th St, Denver

Bring your family and join IDA-RMB for an evening of food, drink, festivities, and inspirational speakers. Proceeds benefit the YES! Youth Program and Professional Development Scholarship Fund.  Click here for more information. 




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 some support groups that might be helpful.


Welcome Child Adoption/Foster Care Support Group

Second Sunday of the month (Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, & June 8)

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

Timberline Church, Room 214

2908 S. Timberline Road

Fort Collins, CO  80525

For more information contact Michele Sanner by email at mlsanner@gmail.com or by phone at (970) 481-5749.

Click here to register for childcare.


Xpress Yourself Art & Play Therapy  

Support groups for internationally adopted children & adolescents


6920 S. Holly Circle

Centennial, CO 80112

Call 303-850-9998, ext 22


Called to Adopt Support Group

4th Saturday of the month, 6:00 p.m.,
Christ Community Church, Greeley, CO

Click here for more info.


The Men's Group for Adoptive Dads

Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Zoe's, 715 10th St, Greeley, CO 80631

For more information, contact Tim Paxton at 970-691-5737 or by email at [email protected].


 Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group

Facilitators:  Sarah Ahn and Jenny Burnsed, LPC

Last Monday of every month 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bixby School,  3750 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder

There is no fee associated with this group, though donations are gratefully accepted.  Please contact Sarah at [email protected] for questions.

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

3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.

2140 E 88th Ave, Thornton, CO  80229

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

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

ADMHN Building, 3rd floor

5500 S. Sycamore St, Littleton, CO  80120

Contact:  Carol 



NAMI Family Support Group Teleconference

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month

Contact:  [email protected] 


Louisville Parent Support Group

Second Tuesday of the month 7:00 - 8:30

Art Underground

 901 Front Street, Louisville, CO 80027

$25 per session; reservations required.

Call 720-352-1743.


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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