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Twitter COCAF!
Mammoth Fun
Question of the Month
Colorado Foster Care Adoptions Drop
College Financial Aid
2015 Domestic Adoption Camp
Online Adoption Support Group
Thinking About Adopting
Autism & Vaccinations
Federal Call for Comments
Date Night?
C.A.S.E. Webinar Series
Hope for Adoptive Moms
Support Groups


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Classroom Training


Trauma: Mind & Body


March 6, 2015

8:00 a.m. - noon

Claver Hall, Regis University

W 52nd & Lowell Blvd

Denver, CO 80221

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   

Register by Feb 27, 2015  

Click here for more info.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday & Wednesday

March 17-18, 2015

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

Mental Health America of Colorado  

1385 S Colorado Blvd Ste 611

Denver, Colorado 80222

Class is FREE but you must register.

Click here for more info.


What Science Is Informing Us About Trauma: Implications for Programming & Interventions


April 2, 2015

9:00 a.m. - noon

Mile High United Way

711 Park Ave West

Denver, CO 80205

Click here for more info.


Child-Parent Therapy Coaching


April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015

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

Beyond Words Office

7950 S Lincoln St #111-E

Littleton, CO 80122

Register by March 13

Click here for more info.


Empowered to Connect Simulcast

April 10-11, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Timberline Windsor

Click here for more info.


Transitions Resource fair for Individuals with Disabilities & Their Families


April 13, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tivoli Student Union

900 Auraria Pkwy

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.


Transracial Adoption Bootcamp: From Colorblind to Color Brave


April 18, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Southglenn Library

6972 S Vine St

Centennial, CO 80122

Register by March 31

Click here for more info.


Family Wellness Event


April 18, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Timberline Church

2908 South Timberline Road

Fort Collins, CO

Click here for more info.


FASD: Prevention & Intervention: Let's Do It Together


May 12, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

West Bowles Community Church

12325 W Bowles Ave

Littleton, CO 80127

Click here for more info. 


Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

Daniel Hughes Training


June 2-5, 2015

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

PAAS Center

2460 W 26th Ave, C-165

Denver, CO 80211

Click here for more info. 


Family Wellness Event


October 3, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Timberline Church

2908 South Timberline Road

Fort Collins, CO

Click here for more info.




26th Annual CO Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference:

Trauma, Integrated Care & Implementation in Children's Services

Friday & Saturday

April 13-14, 2015

Hilton Hotel

Fort Collins, CO

Click here for more info.

Note that parents of children with mental health issues get a special conference rate!



COPARC's Spotlight Conference:

The Adoption Journey:  

No One Travels Alone


May 9, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Inverness Hotel

Englewood, CO

Click here for more info.


Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP)  

National Conference

Sunday - Tuesday

May 31 - June 2, 2015

Sheraton Music City Hotel
777 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Click here for more info.



46th Annual Autism Society National Conference

July 8 - 11, 2015

Denver, CO

Click here for more info.


2015 NACAC Conference:

Changing the Picture of Foster Care & Adoption

July 30 - August 1, 2015

Long Beach, CA

Click here for more info.


Together We Can

October 13-15, 2015


Lafayette, LA

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.

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. 


I usually try to keep this intro light and hopefully a little inspiring. This month I need to switch gears and ask a very serious question. Do you actually read our newsletter? Do you think COCAF provides a valuable service to adoptive families or have we outlived our usefulness? We receive almost no feedback from those of you receiving this email, and we truly need to know if this newsletter and COCAF's advocacy services are still needed.  


So please do respond and let us know if you still need us. If we don't get responses we'll know that it's time to retire. Click here to send me an email and let me know what direction COCAF should take moving forward.


Happy March to everyone and I hope the spring brings us renewed, positive energy!

K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors

[email protected]   





COCAF Fundraiser with the Colorado Mammoth!


Meet Deborah Cave, COCAF Executive Director, and enjoy and exciting, fast-paced game!


Colorado Mammoth vs. Toronto Rock


Friday, March 6th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Pepsi Center


Ticket Prices:

Lower End- $25 Ticket

($10 of every ticket sold in the Lower End through this offer will go back to COCAF)


Upper End- $10 Ticket

($3 of every ticket sold in the Upper End through this offer will go back to COCAF)




For questions or to order by phone: please contact Jackie Van Watermeulen at 303.575.1918 or by email at [email protected]



There are NO taxes or fees through this discounted ticket offer.  


Tickets are limited and subject to availability. There are no refunds. 


This offer is not available at the Pepsi Center Box Office.


Question of the Month

Multi-ethnic arms outstretched to ask questions.
This will be a new monthly article answering a question that COCAF has received that we think many of you would like to know the answer to.  If you have a question you'd like answered, please send your question to [email protected]  All questions will be answered anonymously.

Question of the month: Can our child's adoption assistance payment (subsidy) be increased if our child's needs change?

Answer:  Yes.  If you have a Title IV-e adoption assistance agreement, you have the right to renegotiate the terms of the agreement with your County if your
child's needs change substantially.
Colorado Foster Care Adoptions Drop


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children's Bureau has published their 10-year statistics on adoption from the foster care system by state. The report covers 2004 through 2013.


Colorado's 2013 adoptions from foster care was the lowest in 10 years.


To see the report, click here.

College Financial Aid
From Voice For Adoption (VFA)

Youth who were in foster care on or after their 13th birthday qualify for "independent student" status on the federal FAFSA form, this includes youth who have subsequently been adopted.  This eligibility allows only the students income to be counted toward their Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

This information pertains to question number 53 on the FAFSA form: "At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?" The Application and Verification Guide, which is given to financial institutions, further clarifies these youths eligibility by stating, "Orphan, foster child, or ward of the court. A student who was an orphan-both her parents were dead-when 13 or older is independent even if she was subsequently adopted. Likewise, a student who was at any time since the age of 13 a foster child or a ward of the court is independent even if her status changed later."  Click here to access VFA's factsheet on the law. 


2015 Domestic Adoption Camp


Join Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families for the Domestic Adoption Camp to be held July 30 - August 2, 2015, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO, in the heart of the beautiful foothills. Families built by domestic adoption, foster care, and kinship are all welcome. It will be a wonderful weekend in celebration of our adoptive families!


Click here for more information on the domestic adoption camp.


 Click here for more information on all the camps offered by Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families.

Online Adoption Support Group

Those of you with hectic schedules AND needing to attend a support group, maybe an online support group is the answer.


Deb Felio is offering an online support group the second Tuesday of each month, with both morning session (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) and evening session (7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.). Parents call in to the session, listen to a short presentation, then have time to ask questions about the presentation subject, followed by discussion other issues.

To attend the online support group, email Deb at
[email protected] to get the toll-free call-in number and access code.

Thinking About Adopting?

If you are thinking about adopting or are in the process, you might want to look at the training resources provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Click here to go to their website.


Autism & Vaccinations


Autism Speaks revised its policy on immunizations in a statement published on its website. A statement from Chief Science Officer Rob Ring reads:

"Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."


COCAF urges all parents to vaccinate their children unless there is a medical reason a child cannot be vaccinated.


1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is up and running. This new system provides one state-wide, toll-free number that can be used to report suspected child abuse or neglect. People reporting can still go through 911, their local law enforcement agency, or social services; the hotline just provides another avenue for reporting. Calls are confidential.


Federal Call for Comments
From Voice For Adoption (VFA)

Public Notice: Call for Comments on AFCARS Data Collection Rules


The Children's Bureau released a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)" for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) builds on an earlier proposed rule, published January 11, 2008, that addressed the requirements for State title IV-E agencies to collect and report data to ACF on children who are in out-of-home care and in subsidized adoption or guardianship arrangements with the State and AFCARS penalty requirements of the Adoption Promotion Act of 2003.  


In addition, modifications were made to address requirements from the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and the new law, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. Additions were made to include information on (1) collecting and reporting data related to the title IV-E guardianship assistance program, (2) sibling placement, (3) the extension of title IV-E assistance to children age 18 or older, (4) educational stability plans and transition plans for children in foster care and the inclusion of Tribal title IV-E agencies, (5) victims of sex trafficking, (6) children in foster care who are pregnant or parenting, and (7) children in non-foster family settings.


Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted through April 10, 2015. Click here to learn more. 

Date Night?

Looking for a little alone time or maybe a date night? Consider Fundango for your kids!


Fundango is a respite program for all children (ages 6 months to 16 years of age) of foster, adoptive, and kinship parents in Northern Colorado. Screened and trained staff and volunteers lead groups of children through six stations after being served dinner. Those stations include crafts, snack, games, hands-on-fun, gym, special rotation, and "move it." In order to reserve their spot at Fundango, parents pay $5 a child, no more than $15 a family.


Click here to learn more or to see the 2015 schedule.


Flavors of the World Gala

Fundraiser for Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Highlands Masonic Center


The Gala is a fanciful, fun event with delicious international food stations, always amazing cultural entertainment, and the chance to support Heritage Camps while wearing something other than a camp T-shirt -- festive attire! Plus the silent auction is already shaping up to be outstanding, and they'll have some awesome raffle prizes this year. They will also have some fantastic auction items on E-bay coming soon. More information to come!


Chocolate!  Mothers' Tea

Fundraiser for Parent to Parent of Colorado

Saturday, May 9, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Westin Denver Downtown

1672 Lawrence St

Denver, CO 80202


Listen to Julie Pech, "The Chocolate Therapist," watch a mother and child fashion show, and win prizes! Click here for more information.



Run for Orphans

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538

Click here for more information.


Blue Jean Bash

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The EXDO Event Center

Supporting Clothes To Kids of Denver and their mission to provide free school clothing to students in need. Click here for more information.


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.


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.

Hope for Adoptive Moms 


A Place I Didn't Belong:  

Hope for Adoptive Moms


A 10-week healing support group for adoptive moms of children with challenges.


Wednesdays, February 4-April 8, 2015

9:30am-11:30 am

Woodman Valley Church

Colorado Springs, CO

Childcare provided

To register, contact Lisa at [email protected]


Thursdays, February 12-April 16, 2015


Hope's Promise Office

Pagosa Springs, CO

To register, contact Nicole at [email protected]


Tuesdays, February 7-April 14, 2015


The Ascent Church

Monument, CO

To register, contact Laura at [email protected]


Click here for more info.

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.



Online Support Group for Adoptive, Foster, & Kinship Parents

Second Tuesday of the Month

Morning session 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Evening session 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Session includes a short presentation followed by a discussion.  

Email Deb Felio at

[email protected]  

for the toll-free number and access code.


Adoptive Parents Support Group

1st Tuesday of the month   

February 3 - May 5, 2015


Supervised activities and group therapy for children

Lakewood Nazarene Church

Lakewood, CO

RSVP to Family Support Specialist, Mindi Bekler, 720-251-5876


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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