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Improving Community Mental Health
Adoption Competent Therapist?
Post-Adoption Support
Special Education and Jail
Well Being of Young Adults
Sibling Connections
C.A.S.E. Webinar Series
Support Groups


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Classroom Training


Parenting Adopted/Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma


November 10, 2014

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

Salida, CO

Click here for more info.



Parent-Child Adoption Activity Group


November 15, 2014

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

Aurora, CO

Click here for more info.


Special Needs Planning Workshops


December 3, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sheridan Public Library

Click here for more info.


How to Talk to Your Child About Race


December 6, 2014

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

History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

Call 303-866-4689 to register.

Click here for more info.


Families by Design


March 20, 2015

Island Grove Events Center

Conference Rooms B & C

425 N 15th Ave

Greeley, Co 80631

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

Must pre-register by calling 970-534-8010.

Click here for more info.





Adoption Assistance Eligibility and Benefits


November 10, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.


Hidden in Plain Sight: Accessing Funding for Specialized Youth Permanency Services


November 19, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.





Relatives Raising Children Conference


November 14, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Carpenter Recreation Center

11151 Colorado Blvd

Thornton, CO 80233

Click here to register.


46th Annual Autism Society National Conference

July 8 - 11, 2015

Denver, CO

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.


This webinar is free of charge.


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.                

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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.

November 29

December 13


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. 


Happy National Adoption Month!!! 


Estimates as of July 2014 show that almost 102,000 children in foster under the age of 16 are waiting to be adopted. A large percentage of these children will probably need services after they are adopted.


Help change the world for these children: Write to your State and Federal Representatives and Senators, both present and newly elected, and ask them to support post-adoption services. And because Colorado is a county-run state, contact your county commissioners as well. Let them all know that these kids deserve a forever family, but that every forever family needs support. Relay your experiences as an adopted parent, and let them know how post-adoption services helped your family. And maybe more importantly, let them know how the lack of post-adoption adversely affected your family. We are a small group - adoptive families - but we deserve to be heard. Together we can make a difference.  


Click here to find your State of Colorado representatives and senator.  


Click here to find your US Senators.  


Click here to find your US Representative.  


To find your county commissioners, Google "State of Colorado county commissioners" and then find your county (sorry, there's not a central location for this information that I could find).

Hoping for a Better Future for ALL Families!

K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
Improving Community Mental Health
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (MT) 

SAMHSA Listening Session on Improving Community Mental Health


Register today to attend an upcoming listening session about criteria development for the "Demonstration Program To Improve Community Mental Health Services" (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014).  This Listening Session is for the creation of community mental health services of the future that will be codified in law, and the creation of national standards for community mental health.


Section 223 seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. The clinics will focus on improving outcomes by increasing access to community-based behavioral health care, expanding the availability and array of services, and improving the quality of care delivered to people with mental and/or substance use disorders.


It's critically important to have the peer/lived experience voice to provide input. We need people to speak up and promote trauma-informed approaches and peer support into the development and design of these national standards.


This Listening Session is open to the public and the entire day's proceedings will be webcast, recorded, and made publicly available. During the listening session, participants are invited to comment on any of the designated topics (including: quality and other reporting; scope of services; staffing; accessibility and availability of services; care coordination; organizational authority).



How "Adoption Competent" Is Your Therapist?
From the National Council for Adoption

COCAF is painfully aware of the fact that many mental health professionals are not properly educated on how to deal with adoptive families.

Click here to read an interesting article from the National Council for Adoption on mental health professionals' education and attitudes toward adoption.


President Signs H.R. 4980
From Voice for Adoption VFA

"On Monday September 29, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Public Law 113-183). Voice for Adoption thanks members of Congress for passing this important bill. We wish to extend a special thanks to the champions of this bipartisan legislation, Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT).


The bill reauthorized the federal Adoption Incentives Program and extend one-year of funding for the Family Connections Grants (funding to facilitate improved family connectedness; these grants were first authorized under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (public law 110-351). The new law also includes important provisions to protect children at risk of sex trafficking.


The following provisions are related to adoption:

  • The bill reauthorizes the Adoption Incentives Program for 3 years through FY2016.
  • The bill phases-in incentives that are based on rate increases, provides an incentive for guardianships for the first time, as well as provides a higher incentive for older youth adoptions.
  • The bill extends the Family Connections Grants for one year.
  • The bill strengthens the 2008 Fostering Connections Act provision requiring states to track and reinvest savings as a result of the federal Title IV-E Adoption Assistance de-link. The bill requires HHS to assist states with calculating these savings and requires annual reporting.
  • Additionally, the bill requires that not less than 30 percent of these savings be spent on post-adoption/post-guardianship services, and services to sustain permanent outcomes.
  • The bill requires states to track data on disrupted and dissolved adoptions and guardianships.
  • The bill eliminates "APPLA" - Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement - as a permanency goal for youth under age 16."

Special Education and Jail
From Disability Scoop

"...students with emotional disabilities are three times more likely to be arrested before leaving high school than the general population."


If your child is receiving special education services because of an emotional disability, you should read this article from Disability Scoop. Click here to read the article.


Well Being of Young Adults
From the Institute of Medicine & National Research Council

Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, a report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, explores the needs and challenges of young adults, especially at-risk youth like those in foster care and those with mental health disorders, and discussed the programs with the greatest potential to help these youth become healthy, productive citizens. Click here to go to a link to read the report for free.


Sibling Connections
National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (NCCWE)

Allowing our children to nurture their relationships with their biological siblings is crucial for them.

Click here to view a 3-minute video from the National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (NCCWE) about young woman and how being separated from her sibling affected her.


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.


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.



Teen & Tween Adoption Support for Parents


2nd & 4th Monday of each month

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

Resilience Center

1298 Peoria St

Aurora, CO 80011

Click here for more info.


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.  


Adult Adoptee Group

Thursdays starting November 6, 2014

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

7950 S Lincoln St, Ste 111-E, Littleton, CO 80122

Call 303-522-3184 to register. $20 per session.



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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