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CDHS 2015 Strategic Planning
Enhancing Adoption Competence
Adoption Assistance Information
Adoption-Friendly Workplaces
Adoption Mentors
Northeast Behavioral
Accepting Proposals
Waiver Waitlist Eliminated
State...of Mental Health Recovery
The Language of Flowers
Support Groups
Classroom Training


Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

Friday, Sept 5 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept 6 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NE Regional Training Center

Room 124

2573 Midpoint Dr, Ste 108

Ft Collins, CO 80525

Click here for more information.  


For the Love of My Special Child: Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs


September 10, 2014

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

Southglenn Public Library

Streets at Southglenn

Centennial, CO

Click here for more info.


Lifelong Issues in Adoption


September 12, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Boulder, CO

Click here for more info.

Overcoming the Challenges of Older Child Adoptions


September 27, 2014

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Southglenn Library

Room 8

6972 S Vine St

Centennial, CO 80112

Click here for more info.

Parenting Tools to Empower Bullied Children


September 27, 2014

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Southglenn Library

Room 8

6972 S Vine St

Centennial, CO 80112

Click here for more info.

Passion for Orphans Women's Retreat

Friday - Sunday

October 3-5, 2014

Boulder, CO

In Depth TRBIŽ Empowering Principles


October 11, 2014

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Northglenn, CO

Click here for more info.

For the Love of My Special Child: Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs


October 23, 2014

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

Arapahoe Library District

Admin Building

12855 E Adams Aircraft Cir

Englewood, CO

Click here for more info.




Trauma and Its Impact/Cultural Considerations


September 9, 2014

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Click here for more info.  


Peer Support Basics/Trauma-informed Practices


September 16, 2014

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Operational Components of Intensive Care Coordination Using Wraparound for Youth with Complex Needs: State and Local Examples

September 16, 2014

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Applying Trauma-Informed Practices to Peer Support


September 23, 2014

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Alert Program (Self-Regulation)


September 30, 2014 -

October 30, 2014

Register by Sept 16

Click here for more info.


Educating Traumatized Children Summit


Tuesday, Sept 30 through

Friday, Oct 10, 2014

Click here for more info.



2014 Reading in the Rockies Conference


October 10-11, 2014

Hyatt Beaver Creek

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.


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.
September 27
Dolphin Tale 2

October 25
Book of Life

November 29

December 13


Click here for more info.



Twitter @Adopt_Colorado 


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The kids are back in school, and the daily routine is back to being routine!  As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, I love being back in a routine...and maybe by next month I'll actually get the newsletter out on time!
I hope all your children are off to a great start in school.  If you have strategies that help your children be more successful at school (or home), we'd love to hear from you.  Please email me your ideas at [email protected].  Your ideas may be some other parent's salvation.

Wishing you a wonderful school year!

K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
CDHS 2015 Strategic Planning

Over the summer, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) conducted a series of nine town hall meetings across Colorado to solicit comments and suggestions on their 2015 Strategic Plan; the Strategic Plan guides CDHS's direction and priorities for the coming year.  


COCAF continues to advocate for permanency families, raising issues with CDHS that pertain to pre- and post-adoptive and kinship families. Several of the topics that we continue to discuss, and that have been mentioned during some of the town hall strategic planning meetings, include:  

  • Reevaluation of the adoption/kinship subsidy program;
  • Respite care;
  • Consistency and availability of post-adoption/post-kinship services;
  • Supports and information for families whose children need educational services/supports; and
  • Availability of timely and appropriate mental and behavioral health services, including higher levels of care if a child is not able to safely remain in the home.

CDHS's Strategic Planning Committee is continuing to solicit public comments. If you are interested in submitting comments pertaining to Colorado's supports and programs for pre- and post-adoptive and kinship families, click here. To see the tour presentation, click here.


Although there are no specific questions on the survey for our families, this is still the correct forum to provide any concerns, comments, or suggestions you may have (perhaps in the "Additional comments or suggestions" box).


Thank you for taking the time to submit your comments in support of Colorado's permanency families!


Enhancing Adoption Competence
From The Adoption Institute 

This report, A Need To Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health Professionals, discusses one of the most frequent complaints from members of adoptive and birth/first families - the inability to find adoption-competent mental health professionals. Click here to read the report.

Adoption Assistance Information 

If you are considering adopting from the foster care system, you should be educated about adoption assistance (sometimes referred to as adoption subsidies). Here are four documents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Child Welfare Information Gateway that address adoption assistance:

If you are considering guardianship, you should review the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) information on the Tile IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP). Click here to go to that information. 

2013 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

From The Dave Thomas Foundation



The Dave Thomas Foundation has provided their annual report on workplaces with the best benefits related to adoption.


Click here to read the report the report sorted by industry.


Click here to read the report sorted by size. 



Adoption Mentor Pilot Program 



Looking for a mentor? The Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center (COPARC) is piloting an exciting new program that will team experienced adoptive parents and adopted teens with new adoptive parents and preteens. For more information on the program, contact Jill Oulman by email at [email protected] or by phone at 303-755-4756 x266 before September 15, 2014. 


Northeast Behavioral Change

Northeast Behavioral is now being serviced by Colorado Access. Mental health providers in this area are encouraged to contact Colorado Access so that they can provide these valuable services to our adoptive families in this section of the state.


Contact Jason Smith for more information at [email protected].


NACAC  Accepting Proposals for 2015
From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)


NACAC is accepting proposals from potential speakers for the 2015 NACAC conference in Long Beach, California. The conference will run from July 30 to August 1, with pre-conference sessions on July 29.  Proposals are being accepted until October 3, 2014.


NACAC is seeking presentations that can help parents, professionals, and advocates gain skills and knowledge in adoption-related topics. NACAC encourages adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, adoptees, birth parents, former foster youth, researchers, therapists, and other child advocates to submit workshop proposals for the conference.


Click here for more information.


Waiver Waitlist Eliminated 

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced that all clients on the Children's Home and Community-Based Services (CHCBS) Waiver waitlist have been offered an open slot to receive services as of May 19, 2014.


This waiver has had wait list for the past 10 years. The opportunity to be able to serve medically fragile children without a wait is something to be celebrated.


This change has come about due to the recent funding of the Children's Extensive Support (CES) Waiver and implementation of the Children's Buy-In program.


For more information, contact Candace Bailey by email at [email protected].

State of Mental Health Recovery Free Live-stream  

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health will be live-streaming the plenary speeches from its 18th biennial Robert Lee Sutherland Seminar, "The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice." The free live-stream will be available at youtube.com/HoggFoundation.


The speakers-Patricia Deegan, Annelle Primm, Larry Davidson, and Chacku Mathai-are nationally recognized experts in the field of mental health recovery.


Click here for more information and the link for live listening.


The Language of Flowers: An Evening with Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Colorado Department of Human Services &

Denver Human Services

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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

The Cable Center

2000 Buchtel Blvd, Denver, CO 80210


This event is free, but you must pre-register.


Click here to register.

C.A.S.E. Webinar Series

These webinars are being offered by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E). Click here to read more information about any of these webinars.


Creating School Year Success: Supporting Your ADHD Child at Home & School


September 18, 2014

11:00 a.m.


Identity Matters: Becoming a Multi-racial Family


October 16, 2014

11:00 a.m.


Same Family, Different Stories: Siblings in Complex Blended Families


November 20, 2014

11:00 a.m.


Beneath the Mask Part 2: Effective Communication with Adopted Teens


January 22, 2015

11:00 a.m.


What Prospective & Adoptive Families Should Know about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)


February 19, 2015

11:00 a.m.


Desperately Seeking Attachment: Parenting Traumatized Children & Teens - Part 1


March 19, 2015

11:00 a.m.


Desperately Seeking Attachment: Parenting Traumatized Children & Teens - Part 2


April 16, 2015

11:00 a.m.


Search & Reunion in Domestic & International Adoption


May 14, 2015

11:00 a.m.


Relating to Relatives: Adoption & Extended Family


June 18, 2015

11:00 a.m.


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.


Young Adult Mental Illness Support Group

For ages 18-28

1st & 3rd Thursday of every month

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

1st week Classroom F-G

3rd week Classroom E

St Anthony Hospital

11600 W 2nd Dr

Lakewood, CO 80228

Contact Courtney at 720-369-2629 for more information.



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.


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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