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Twitter COCAF!
COPARC Conference
Spring Weekender
Adoptive Family Blog
Adoptive Families Advice
Check Out a Museum
Smart 9-1-1
Domestic Adoption Camp
Adopted Teens Gathering
Kinship Family Resources
Books for the Visually Impaired
Adoption/Guardianship Discussion
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Adoption Tax Credit
Support Groups
Classroom Training


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. 


For the Love of My Special Child:

Estate Planning for Parents of Children

with Special Needs


April 10, 2014

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

Eloise May Public Library

1471 S Parker Rd

Denver, CO 80231

Click here for more info.


Transitioning Through Adoption


April 10, 2014

9:00 a.m. - noon

172 Justice Center Rd.

Ca�on City, CO 81212

Click here for more info.


Teens, Tweens, and Everything In-Between


April 10, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

172 Justice Center Rd

Ca�on City, CO 81212

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.


My Body Belongs to Me

Free Workshop for parents of children age 0-7


April 16, 2014

Email for more info [email protected].


Strengthening & Re-Building Attachments


April 19, 2014

9:00 a.m. - noon

Christ Community Church

1301 15th St

Greeley, CO

Contact Loni Corliss at 970.339.8545.


Caring for Children Who Have Been

Sexually Abused

Friday & Saturday

April 25-26, 2014

172 Justice Center Rd

Ca�on City, CO 81212

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.


Beyond Consequences LIVE


 May 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Crossroads Church of Denver

9725 W 50th Ave

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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.



Transition Series: Finding Support & Resources for Meaningful Employment


April 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Content of the IEP


April 14, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Transition Series: Lessons for Families & Students from My Experience


April 16, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Implementation & Follow Up of the IEP


April 21, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Fundraising for Groups


April 23, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.

Helping Children Manage

Feelings & Behaviors


April 24, 2014

6:00 p.m.

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  

 Kempe Center Webinars

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 webinar are free of charge.


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

Thursday, November 13, 2014, noon


Click here for more information.


Click here to register for one of the webinars.                

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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.

April 19
Rio 2
May 31


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. 




Yes, this newsletter is late. Have you ever had one of those months? A month when you have a lot to do, but then a different plan just takes over. Visits from far-away friends and family. Events with close friends and family. All taking the time you had planned for work. So yes, this newsletter is coming out late because I chose to make memories with my family and friends. So I apologize for the newsletter is coming out late, but know that I'd make the same decision in a snap. Hope you have the opportunity to make the same decision someday, too!



Happy Spring!!!

Colleen Murphy Tarket, Board Member 

[email protected]  

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.  



Summit Camp's Spring Weekender                                                                                                 

Join Summit Camp for a fun weekend getaway, May 2-4, 2014, designed for young people with issues of high functioning autism/Asperger's, NVLD, or ADHD/ADD. The Weekender is a mini-camp, with a range of guided and supported activities similar to that of a full sleep away camp, featuring horseback riding, archery, archery, and high ropes. Staff are trained to work with kids with learning issues, including a fabulous certified special education teacher and 24x7 nurse practitioner who can facilitate medication administration. They have an excellent adult to camper ratio (typically one adult to every 2 or 3 campers). Pre-registration is required.


Visit http://summitweekender.com/index.php/apply-now to apply. Cost: $425.00 and includes activities, transportation from a central location on the Front Range, staffing, lodging, and nutritious meals and snacks (food allergies can be accommodated).


Foster and Adoptive Family Blog

Join the conversation and participate in discussions focused on foster care and adoptive parenting on this Kid Hero blog from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services. Click here to go to the blog.


Videos Offer Adoptive Families Advice                                         

Two new YouTube videos provide some advice for adoptive families:


No Anger Zone: Maintaining a Peaceful Emotional Climate in Adoptive Families  
Authors: Keck, Gregory C. and James, Arleta.


This six-minute video explores how past trauma can cause adopted children to become angry and how the anger can spread to the rest of the family. Reasons why adoptive parents can become frustrated and angry are discussed, including dealing with a child who dissociates as a way of dealing with stress. Strategies for maintaining a peaceful home environment are discussed, including helping families manage their own reactions and not respond in anger and helping the child adapt to the environment. Click here to see the video.


The Impact of Trauma on Child Development: The New Arrival is "Younger" Than Anticipated: A Discussion

Authors: Keck, Gregory C. and James, Arleta.
This five-minute video explores how past trauma can impact the development of children who have been adopted, including the impact on cause and effect thinking that leads to delays in problem-solving skills, moral development, and social skills. The lack of age-mate peers for children without cause and effect thinking is explained and the difficulties this can pose for siblings in the family is discussed. The need for parents to understand the challenges siblings face when dealing with the adopted child is emphasized. Click here to see the video.




Aurora Residents:  Check Out a Museum!
In partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Aurora Public Library is offering Family Plus Memberships cards you can check out just like a book or DVD.  This allows seven people over the age of 2, entry to the museum, starting April 1, 2014. Now Aurora residents have access to the marvelous and educational exhibits and shows offered by the museum with all the privileges and normal benefits associated with a Family-Plus membership, such as the gift shop, T-Rex Caf�, IMAX, planetarium, and temporary exhibition ticket discounts.  Library patrons can check out the membership cards for a week and enjoy the Museum.  You'll be able to put the memberships on hold, check them out, and return them, just like you would any of the materials from the library. Check out the memberships at Central, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mission Viejo library branches or at the Hoffman Heights Computer Center.
Smart 9-1-1
moving_firetruck.jpg Smart 911 is a free service that allows anyone in the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, being able to provide 9-1-1 with all details that could affect response as soon as an emergency call is placed could be the difference between life and death. Sign up today at https://www.smart911.com/.


Domestic Adoption Camp, July 24-27

The theme this year is "Family Ties: What Holds Us Together." Through art, music, movement, play, team building, outdoor activities, and more, children from the age of 3 to 18 joyfully will explore and celebrate being adopted.  Children's counselors will be young adult adoptees. Experts in the fields of adoption, education, trauma ,and child development are invited to speak with parents and with older teens.  Parents have an opportunity to be with a group of people who "GET IT." No explanations, no crazy questions, no judgments. Come learn and share with other adoptive families.  Registration is open. Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance.  

Click here for more information.

Adopted Teens Gathering

Sundays through May 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

740 Burbank St, Broomfield, CO


Discuss what it means to be adopted and a teen: Fears, hopes, identity, self worth, trust, future, relationships, and family. Whether adoption was many years ago or just recently, you are welcome to come talk with others who share an adoption story.


Contact Deb Felio: 303-548 -8902 or

[email protected].


Kinship Family Resources 

Looking for resources for your kinship family? Catholic Charities provides great resources. Click here to read their April newsletter. Click here to read about the Kinship Powwow.


Books for the Visually Impaired  

Storybud a children's story website with children's stories from around the world. The site is unique in that content is available in three formats (text, audio, and combined text and audio) and has a number of accessibility features for those using speech programs. While designed to help those with visual impairments, this site is a valuable asset for all families.


Download the stories for free and save to your own computer and enjoy at your leisure. Stories are categorized by age, theme, continent, and title. Click here to go to Storybud.

Help COCAF While You Shop!
Use AmazonSmile when you shop Amazon, and support COCAF at the same time! Shop at AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases can be donated to the nonprofit of your choice - including COCAF. Your donations help adoptive families in Colorado find the services they need to keep their families safe, healthy, and thriving. Click here to start shopping.

Re-Visiting the Adoption/Guardianship Discussion 

NRCPFC and NRCA Webinar Recording Now Available                                         

The recording of the webinar "Re-Visiting the Adoption/Guardianship Discussion: Helping Caseworkers Better Understand and Communicate the Permanency Implications of Adoption and Guardianship," co-sponsored by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) and the National Resource Center for Adoption (NRCA), is now available on the NRCA website.  This webinar summarized the foundation on which guardianship as a permanency option was developed; provided a comparative look at the qualities of permanency for adoption and guardianship; discussed the value of guardianship for kinship families, Native Americans, and older youth; and highlighted strategies for the engagement and education of families in the decision making process.  Tips and tools for engagement of families, educating families about the differences between adoption and guardianship, and documenting critical discussions were also shared.  The webinar recording and PowerPoint presentation are available by clicking here.


Get Ready for National Foster Care Month!
The Children's Bureau-together with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway-has announced that the 2014 National Foster Care Month website is now live.  This year's theme is "Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families."  The website provides resources for supporting permanence through reunification, kinship care, guardianship, and adoption, including resources specifically geared toward foster parents and youth.  This year's website features resources on: Engaging families in case planning; Enriching caseworker and family visits; Supporting families and caregivers through services; Building family and community connections; Enhancing well-being for children, youth, and families; and, Strengthening families through permanence.  Click here to go to the website.
Spanish-Speaking Professionals 

Find Spanish-speaking professionals in your State by selecting "Private Domestic Foster Care and Adoption Agencies" in the National Foster Care and Adoption Directory search. On the search results page, look at the grouped "Search Results Clustered by Services and Languages" to find languages spoken by agency staff as self-reported in their annual directory update. The National Foster Care and Adoption Directory search is also available in Spanish: Directorio Nacional del Cuidado Temporal y la Adopci�n.  Click here to go to the Spanish version. 


NACAC Conference Registration Is Now Open!

Registration is now open for the annual NACAC conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 23-26, 2014. You can download a registration booklet or view all of the information and register online. This year's conference includes three pre-conference sessions:

  1. Permanency for Older Children and Youth: Critical Work Before, During, and After Placement

  2. Creating Trauma-Competent Homes to Nurture Permanency and Attachment

  3. Improving Services and Outcomes with Older LGBTQ Youth in Care

 This nationally recognized adoption conference includes more than 90 workshops for all members of the adoption and foster care community; programming for children ages 6 to 17; and a 2-day conference for youth (July 24 & 25) , sponsored by Jockey Being FamilyTM, for youth advocates ages 18 to 25.


Click here for more information or to register.


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!


SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir at Kirk of Bonnie Brae Church

Sunday, April 13th, 3:00pm

A fun event for the whole family, featuring a choir with adopted and foster children and the adults who support them, to benefit DCAC. Light refreshments provided. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children at the door.



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. 



Every Child Has A Name

Adoption Expo 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Eastern Hills Community Church

25511 E Smoky Hill Rd, Aurora, CO 80016


For families and individuals who want to learn more about the many ways adoption is possible. Click here  for more information.




13th Annual Ability Connection Colorado Mother's Tea

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Westin Denver Downtown


Treat your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, caregiver, or friend to a special day of relaxation and laughter! Includes a lavish champagne reception, complementary portraits, scrumptious luncheon, ballroom dance performance, and fashion show.


Click here to purchase tickets.



Run for Orphans

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Ranch Events Complex, Thomas McKee Bldg
5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538


Packet Pickup Before Race Day

From 1:00-7:00PM on Friday, May 9, 2014
The Ranch, Thomas McKee Bldg - Berthoud meeting room


Day of the Race

From 6-7:30AM (Registration & Packet Pickup) 

Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Ranch, Thomas McKee Bldg


Race Date

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Ranch Events Complex, Thomas McKee Bldg
5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538


Race Day Times

6:00 - 7:30 AM - Registration & Packet Pickup
8:00 AM - Kids' 1 Mile Run
8:30 AM - 5K Run/Walk Start
9:30 AM - Awards


Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Click here for more information. 



2014 Champions for Children Golf Classic to Benefit The Adoption Exchange

Champions for Children Celebration Dinner on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Denver Marriot South at Park Meadows


Champions for Children Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sanctuary Golf Course, Sedalia, CO

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)

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