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Twitter COCAF!
CMHTA Training
Mammoth Fun
Adoption Assistance Webinar
Traumatized Children
Young Adult Leadership Training
Getting a Diagnosis
Advancements for LGBT Issues
Promoting Guardianship & Adoption
ABLE Act Helps Disabled Save Money
C.A.S.E. Webinar Series
LGBT Parent Support Group
Support Groups


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Classroom Training


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday & Wednesday

January 13 & 14, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (both days)

Mental Health America of Colorado  

1385 S Colorado Blvd Ste 611

Denver CO 80222

Call 720.208.2220 for more info.


Parent-Child Adoption Activity Group


January 24, 2014

Southglenn Library

6972 S Vine St

Centennial CO 80122

Click here more info.

Child Mental Health Treatment Act Training: Providing Funding from Mentoring to Residential Treatment


January 21, 2015

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers of American Building

2660 Larimer St

Denver CO 80205

Click here for more info.


The Language of Adoption: Overcoming the Challenges of Older Child Adoptions


February 12, 2015

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

Southglenn Library

6972 S Vine St

Centennial, CO 80122

Click here for more info.

Parent-Child Adoption Activity Group


March 7, 2015

10:30 a.m.   12:30 p.m.

Southglenn Library

6972 S Vine St

Centennial, CO 80122

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.




School Climate & Discipline for Youth in Foster Care: Tips from the Field and Federal Guidance


January 9, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.

Advocating for Adoption Assistance

(aka Adoption Subsidy)


February 2, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Click here for more info.



Conference on Inclusion Education

Thursday & Friday

February 12-13, 2015

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

7800 E Tufts Ave

Denver CO 80237

Click here for more info.


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  

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.

January 24

February 14
Spongebob Squarepants:  Sponge Out of Water

March 28

April 18

May 30

June 27
Inside Out

July 18

Sept 26
Hotel Transylvania

Oct 17
The Jungle Book

Nov 14
The Peanuts Movie

Dec 5
The Good Dinosaur


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. 


2015. A new year, a new start. Or so the saying goes. New year's resolutions are always made with the best of intentions, but then life becomes, well, life, and our intentions and resolutions are pushed aside as we deal with dirty laundry, broken appliances, crying children, bills, lost homework, dinner...and a host of other pressing day to day realities.


If your family is struggling, maybe try something new this year. Instead of each person making their own set of new year's resolutions, have the family vote on one "family resolution." Figure out what it is, and what each person in the family can do to help that resolution be met. Just like losing weight or giving up smoking works better if you have group support, maybe making a family resolution and involving everyone in making it reality just might work.


Wishing you all a happy, peaceful, and loving 2015,

K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors

[email protected]   


Special COCAF & CHART Training

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CMHTA, aka HB1116) allows families to access community, residential, and transitional treatment services for their child without requiring a dependency and neglect action (when there is no child abuse or neglect).  To be eligible under the Act, a child must have a mental illness, be under the age of 18, and be at risk for further involvement with a county department of human/social services or at risk of out-of-home placement. The Act applies to both Medicaid eligible and non-Medicaid eligible children.


Join us for this 90-minute workshop to learn more about how to fully utilize the Act, what services are covered, and how to access funding.  To learn more about CMHTA, click here .


This training is cosponsored by CHART (Children's Help and Assistance for Residential Treatment, www.chartrtc.org) and COCAF (Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families, www.cocaf.org).  A $25 donation will go to support both organizations.  Lunch is included (we cannot accommodate special diets).  The workshop is limited to the first 65 registrants; you may not register at the door


Click here to register.

COCAF and Mammoth Fun 

Did you know lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America?  


Join the fun - and COCAF - at the Mammoth lacrosse game on Friday, March 6. Part of the proceeds from the tickets purchased through our special link will be donated to COCAF. Tickets will be $25 or $10 (depending on seat location). So mark your calendars for lacrosse fun at the Pepsi Center on Friday, March 6. More information - including a link to buy the tickets - will be coming soon!


Free Adoption Assistance Webinar
On February 2 at 1:00 p.m. MST, Josh Kroll, NACAC's Adoption Subsidy Resource Center coordinator, will present Advocating for Adoption Assistance.

During this free webinar, participants will learn how to advocate for adoption assistance programs in their state. In these tight financial times, legislators sometimes seek to cut adoption assistance programs and advocates need to be ready to respond. Even if your 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.

Working with Traumatized Children

Adoption Options is now offering trainings for parents and professionals living and working with traumatized children.  To see a list of the trainings, click here.

The trainings include the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) program, which is designed to address parenting a child from "hard places." Children from hard places include children who were born prematurely, have been abused and neglected, have been adopted internationally, and have special needs. This training will focus on understanding the meaning of child behaviors, the brain chemistry of a child from a hard place, and how to help these children (and your family) heal and connect.  This training is offered by Adoption Options in partnership with Emerge Family Connections.

To locate times for the course, and to register, click here.


For questions and information, contact Jill Crewes, Director of Training and Education, Adoption Options by phone at 303.695.1601 or by email at [email protected] .


Young Adult Leadership Training
From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Community Champions Network (CCN)

Community Champions Network (CCN) is now accepting applications for our young adult leadership and advocacy training March 13-15, 2015, and would like your help identifying young leaders in your community who may be interested in participating.


CCN will be selecting seven teams of three young adults and two staff professionals who will join together in creating youth networks in their communities. Young adults (who must be between 18 and 25 years old who experienced child welfare or adoption) will learn about creating services that directly benefit youth and are run by those who have experienced the foster care system. Participants will also identify advocacy issues for their communities and practice using their stories to help promote changes in the system.


If you have a team that you are interested in taking to the spring training, to learn more and complete an application, click here.


Applications are due January 9, but the whole five-person team does not need to be identified by then, just one young adult and at least one staff person.


If you have any questions contact Nathan Ross, Project Coordinator, Community Champions Network, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 816-838-3405.


Getting a Diagnosis
From the disability scoop

For those parents with children with physical and mental disorders but with no diagnosis, there may be hope for finally getting that diagnosis (and then the proper treatment).


Children's Mercy Hospital (in Kansas City) researchers published their groundbreaking findings on 119 children with neurologic and developmental disorders, showing that mapping a child's complete genetic information can quickly identify rare disorders that otherwise might go years without a definitive diagnosis.


To read this article from the disability scoop, click here. To read the report from Children's Mercy Hospital, click here.


Advancements for LGBT Issues
From the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This past year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken a number of additional important actions and made further significant strides to continue to advance the equality, health, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, families, and communities. The Department's commitment to these issues will continue in the coming year and beyond. To read the full report, click here.

Promoting Guardianship & Adoption
The Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG), funded by the Children's Bureau, is a five-year national project designed to promote permanency when reunification is no longer a goal, and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support. QIC-AG is built on the premise that child welfare agencies need to provide a continuum of services to increase permanency stability, beginning when children first enter the child welfare system and continuing after adoption or guardianship has been finalized. The center will be selecting six to eight sites to implement and evaluate services.


Click here to read more.


ABLE Act Helps Disabled Save Money
From disability scoop


The U.S. Senate voted 76 to 16 to send legislation to the president establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.


Originally known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the legislation was recently renamed the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014. A longtime proponent of the bill, Beck died unexpectedly earlier this month.


The ABLE Act would allow people with disabilities to establish special accounts where they could save money to pay for education, health care, transportation, housing and other expenses. Individuals could deposit up to $14,000 annually under current gift-tax limitations and accrue as much as $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs.


Meanwhile, the bill ensures that people with disabilities can retain Medicaid coverage no matter how much money is saved in their ABLE account.


Click here to read more about this legislation.



Run for Orphans

Saturday, May 9, 2015

More info to come!


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.


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.

LGBT Parent Support Group 

LGBT parents in Boulder County - or from the surrounding areas - wanting to join a support group can find more information on Facebook: Click here to go to the page.


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

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)

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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