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Psychotropic Drugs
Children's Mental Health Awareness
National Foster Care Month
Autism Diagnostics Feedback Needed
Colorado Disability Services
Help for Adoption Support Groups
Ban Adoption "Re-Homing"
Camp Teen Fundango
Domestic Adoption Camp
NACAC Conference
NACAC Scholarships
Support Groups
Classroom Training


Current Technologies to Support Students with Reading Disabilities


May 4, 2014

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lafayette Library

775 W Baseline Rd

Lafayette, CO

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 & Meeting the Unique Needs of Foster & Adoptive Families & Their Children


May 8, 2014

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

Littleton, CO

Click here for more info.


Understanding Grief & Coping with Loss


May 13, 2014

Colorado Springs, CO

Click here for more info.  


Mental Health First Aid


May 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arapahoe Community College
590 S Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120

Click here for more info.


Childhood Sexualized Behaviors: From Normal to Problematic and Abusive


May 15, 2014

8:30 a.m. - noon

Gym at Foothills Gateway Inc.

301 Skyway Dr.

Ft. Collins, CO 80525

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.


Investments for Permanent Returns


May 17, 2014

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Christ Community Church

1301 15th Street

Greeley, CO

RSVP by May 11th

Loni at (970) 339-8545

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.


Healing Traumatized Children

May 23 & 24, 2014

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


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

2573 Midpoint Drive

Fort Collins, CO 80525

Click here for more info.


Teens, Tween and Everything In-Between


June 11, 2014

8:00 a.m. - noon

2573 Midpoint Drive

Fort Collins, CO 80525

Click here for more info.


Helping Children Cope


June 11, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

2573 Midpoint Drive

Fort Collins, CO 80525

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.


Nurturing Children with Special

Health Care Needs


June 18, 2014

8:00 a.m. - noon

195 West 14th Street

Rifle, CO 81650

Click here for more info.


Promoting Placement Stability


June 18, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

195 West 14th Street

Rifle, CO 81650

Click here for more info.


Mental Health and Medications

June 23 & 24, 2014

Monday 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

172 Justice Center Rd

Canon City, CO 81212

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.



Integrated Systems Approach to Permanency-Focused Programs


May 12, 2014

Noon-1:30 p.m.  

Click here for more info


Beyond the Home Study: Navigating Real Life as an LGBT Adoptive Family


May 15, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Real Talk: Myths and Challenges in Permanency Work


May 20, 2014

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Click here for more info




Colorado State

Foster Parent Association

Annual Education Conference

Keep Calm and Carry On


May 19-21, 2014

Holiday Inn Stapleton

3333 S. Quebec St.

Denver, CO 80207

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.



2014 Reading in the Rockies Conference


October 10-11, 2014

Hyatt Beaver Creek

More info to come. 




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.


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.

May 31
June 21


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. 



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Have any of you been told that you have to have different expectations for your adopted children?


When my husband and I adopted a sibling group of four, we were told that we needed to reassess our expectations of the children and be happy with a much lower level of achievement. I have to tell you, as a member of a very competitive, over-achiever family, this was difficult for me. But I did my best to accept that my adopted children may not be able to be as high achieving as other members of our family. This was probably wise advice, because our adopted children had many obstacles to overcome.


But just because you have obstacles to overcome, doesn't mean you can't evolve into an over-achiever. I am proud to say that in a few weeks, our youngest son will be graduating with a BA in Business with honors from CU...and he did it in 4 years (something that doesn't happen very often anymore!). He also paid for 3 of the 4 years on his own. He is the only member of his birth family to graduate from college, and the fourth of our 9 children to do so.  


The moral of the story - do not accept that just because your children are adopted that they cannot achieve great things. But at the same time, do make sure that your expectations are realistic for what your children are capable of achieving. Provide your children - adopted or birth - with the support they need, and they will probably achieve to the best of their ability.


Happy Mothers' Day!!!

K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors

[email protected]  



COCAF Joins Effort to Reduce Use of Psychotropic Drugs


The Administration has outlined an important initiative in the FY2015 budget to build the capacity for child welfare and Medicaid to collaborate and better meet the wellbeing needs of children in foster care and those served under the Medicaid program.


Specifically, the 5-year collaborative demonstration, involving the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS), is designed to encourage states to provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions to children and youth in foster care and to reduce the inappropriate use and over-prescription of psychotropic medications.


COCAF has joined a grassroots effort in support for this proposal, to encourage Congress to expand on their efforts to address the health care needs of children and families involved with child welfare, and take action to fund this initiative.


National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and National Launch Event

From National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC)


Thursday, May 8, 2014 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope (Awareness Day)!  In preparation for Awareness Day, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host a national launch event on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  The launch event will include a special general session of the National Council for Behavioral Health annual conference and the workshop "What Really Works for Young Adults: A Candid Conversation."  Registration for the general session and the workshop is free.  The national launch will be broadcasted live on May 6, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Click here for more information. 


National Foster Care Month Website

May is National Foster Care Month, and the Child Welfare Information Gateway has created a website with resources and information on foster care. Click here to go to the website.                                      

Autism Diagnostics Feedback Needed

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is asking for input on their revised diagnostic criteria for autism. Here is an excerpt from the NIH request:


The purpose of this request for information is to seek input from the scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates and patient advocates about the research implications of recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).


With the publication of DSM-5 in May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association's official diagnostic criteria for ASD were changed to reflect current scientific knowledge and attempt to refine the criteria to reflect the wide range of symptom expression within this diagnostic category.  Specifically, the category of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which had been in use since DSM-III was published in 1980, was removed along with its subtypes (Autistic Disorder, Asperger Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified).  The DSM-5 describes one category, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with specific criteria related to deficits in social communication/interaction, and restricted and/or repetitive patterns of behavior.  There is a metric for describing severity and specifying accompanying developmental and medical conditions.


Click here to go to the full request and to see instructions for submitting comments.


State Ranking for Disability Services


United Cerebral Palsy released their analysis of disability services in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Colorado ranked in the bottom half, at 29. Here is some of the information provided in the report related to Colorado:

  • Colorado participates in the National Core Indicators, the premier quality assurance program but did not report their 2012 NCI survey data.

  • Colorado has a waiting list that would require the program to grow by 35% on average to accommodate the need.

Click here to go to the report.


NACAC Offers Support Groups Help


Are you the leader of an organization or group that supports adoptive families or adopted or waiting youth? Would you like assistance to develop new programs or expand your efforts to advocate for post-adoption services?


NACAC's Community Champions Network (CCN) is now offering an array of services to help leaders of adoption support organizations expand their support for adoptive families and

their advocacy efforts led by adopted and foster youth. CCN services range from helping a team of parents start a support group in their local area, to assisting advocacy groups to create and support a network of foster and adopted youth advocates, to working with larger organizations or coalitions to implement a new state- or province-wide post-adoption service model.


Click here for more information.


Wisconsin Becomes First State to Ban Adoption "Re-Homing"

from Voice for adoption (VFA)


Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed a bill that would bar adoptive parents from finding a new home for their children without court permission. The legislation sought to protect adopted children from the unregulated practice of "re-homing," where adoptive parents use underground networks to find a new family for children they don't want. The Wisconsin push comes after hundreds of parents were caught using social media sites to give away their adopted kids to strangers they met on the Internet. In some cases, that meant to predators and pedophiles.   Presently, there are no federal rules that prevent the practice of "re-homing" children -- a term typically used by pet owners looking for new homes for their unruly animals. Many nations don't disclose if the children they are putting up for adoption are victims of physical abuse or mental trauma. The adoptive parents in these scenarios often are unable to adequately care for the children, and some are left looking for questionable outs, Kathy Ledesma, national project director for Adopt US Kids, told FoxNews.com. Ledesma, who has worked in the past on international adoptions, says states aren't funded to handle issues that arise with these types of adoptions.


Click here to read the entire article.  Click here to read a joint Congressional Call-to-Action on this issue.


Camp Teen Fundango


Friday, June 6- Sunday, June 8, 2014


Registration fee $30.00

Space is limited to the first 24 teens.


Camp Teen Fundango challenges kids to step outside of their comfort zone, connect with new and unexpected friends, and to discover their sense of self and leadership. The weekend is full with fun activities including rock climbing, mountain boarding, and hiking!


For more information and registration information, call 970-223-1230 or email [email protected].


Click here for more information.


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.

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.



NACAC Scholarships Available 


The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of scholarships, funded by Jockey Being Family, to attend NACAC's 40th annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, July 24-26, 2014.

Scholarships are available to parent group leaders if (1) your parent group is or becomes a current parent group member of NACAC and (2) the applicant has NOT previously attended an annual NACAC conference.

The scholarship can cover:

  • NACAC conference individual registration fee
  • up to three nights of lodging (you share a room with another scholarship recipient)
  • all or most of airfare (arranged by NACAC) or mileage for driving to Kansas City

Applicants are encouraged to access other resources or commit personal funds to cover some of these costs, which would allow us to increase the number of scholarships NACAC awards. Please note your willingness/ability to cover any of your expenses on the application.

Scholarship recipients may attend one of the pre-conference sessions on July 23 (see registration booklet for descriptions)-but these sessions are not covered by the scholarship. Attendees would be responsible for the registration fee ($100) and lodging for Tuesday night.

NACAC has an extremely limited number of scholarships available. To apply for a scholarship, complete an application; click here to go to the online application.
If you cannot use the online application, please contact Christina Romo for a paper copy of the application. NACAC must receive the entire application packet by May 15, 2014 by Survey Monkey, mail, fax, or email:

Christina Romo, NACAC
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114-1149
Fax: 651-644-9848         [email protected]
Phone:  651-644-3036, x17 



Pass Center Open House

Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Pass Center is an adoption-competent collaboration of therapists and educators who are passionate about offering the highest level of empowering and transformative education and therapeutic services to those engaging in the complex dynamics of international adoption. Join the Pass Center for an adult-only evening of appetizers, beverages, prizes, and networking.


Click here to RSVP.



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 Mother's Day 5K

Sunday, May 11, 2014, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Denver's City Park


The race includes a 5K run/walk, a post-race expo and brunch, childcare during the race, and discounted admission on Mother's Day to the Denver Zoo.


There is special registration pricing for moms/ parents groups. Groups can register up to 5 people for $115, which is a $35 savings off of the individual registration price. There will be special prizes for the fastest moms/parent group, the group pushing the most kids across the finish line, and some other fun categories. There will be a healthy post-race brunch, so families don't have to worry about making reservations somewhere else or waiting in line. Childcare will be provided during the race for parents who want to try for a race personal record while their kids enjoy some fitness activities in a safe, secure area.


Click here for more information.



2nd Annual Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado Open House

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1255 Lee Street, Lakewood, CO 80215


Join Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) at its 2nd Annual Open House and Hay Raiser. Bring your kids to meet all the amazing therapy animals (horses, goats, dogs, cats, rats, and rabbit), enjoy refreshments, and buy something at the rummage sale. Money raised will be used for the AATPC Scholarship Program and for the care of their animals.  



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 (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 [email protected]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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