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Twitter COCAF!
Question of the Month
NACAC Conference
Food Insecurity
Outward Bound Opportunity
Gay Couples and Adoption
Home Permanency
Camp Teen Fundango
Camp Fundango
C.A.S.E. Webinar Series
Support Groups


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Classroom Training


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):  When Good Parenting Doesn't Work


June 10, 2015

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

Longmont, CO

Click here for more info.


Sensory Processing Disorder


June 17, 2015

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

Aurora, CO

Click here for more info.


Rest and Respite for 

Caregivers and Families


June 19, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Aurora, CO

Click here for more info. 


Creative Family Trees


June 19, 2015

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Koelbel Library

5955 S Holly St

Centennial, CO  80121

Click here for more info.


Medical Aspects of Child Abuse & Neglect:  When a Medical Examination Is Needed


June 25, 2015

9:00 a.m. - noon

Mile High United Way

711 Park Avenue West

Denver, CO 80205

Click here for more info.


Working with Families of Origin


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

June 26, 2015

Canon City

Click here for more info.


Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

Friday & Saturday

June 26 & 27, 2015

Rifle, CO

 Click here for more info


Caring for Children Who Have Been Abused

Friday & Saturday

June 26 & 27, 2015

Grand Junction, CO

Click here for more info.


Responding to Adoption Questions


July 3, 2015

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Koelbel Library

5955 S Holly St

Centennial, CO  80121

Click here for more info.


Raising Assertive Kids:  Teaching Confidence, Safety, & Communication


August 15, 2015

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Koelbel Library

5955 S Holly St

Centennial, CO  80121

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.




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.

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'm a planner, and quite honestly, a controller.  I plan vacations, work priorities, household events, and then I control the variables to make sure my plans come off...well, as planned.  So when something happens that I cannot control (my 21-year old daughter needing to move back home immediately) or plan for, and that adversely affects my plans (company arriving in 6 days followed by more company the following week), it leaves me a little discombobulated. 


Imagine how a child feels when he or she is taken from the only family he or she has ever known.  No plan.  No control.  And no one he or she trusts to help him or her make sense of it.  At least I understood why my daughter had to move back home.  And I actually had a choice in whether or not she moved back.  Children sent to foster care have no choice.  And as much as we adoptive parents want to think that the children we adopted from foster care wanted us to adopt them, the reality was, it probably wasn't their plan or their choice, and they obviously had no control over the situation.


Why am I making this analogy?  Because if I, as an experienced, mature, well-educated adult, became discombobulated over my daughter moving back in...understand that your adopted children have every right to be discombobulated over all the things that have happened to them.  Give them a little slack.  Or at least a little understanding.



Wishing you a well-planned summer!  sunflower-2.jpg


K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
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: How can I find a county's adoption assistance (subsidy) policy? 

Answer:  The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has many of the counties' policies on their website, and COCAF has a link to that page on our website.  Click here to go to the CDHS page.  If your county isn't included on the CDHS website, let us know, and we'll try to get it for you.

NACAC Conference 
From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)


The NACAC conference will be held in Long Beach, California, from July 29 to August 1. Dan Siegel, M.D., will present a preconference session, "Mindsight and Healing Trauma," and offer the opening keynote session.


Registration is now open, and early bird registration rates are available through June 26.   Click here to learn more.


The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, and discounted rooms are available for $159 per night plus tax. Make your reservations early because the discounted rate applies only until the NACAC room block fills or July 7, whichever is earlier.  Click here to make reservations.

Food Insecurity  fruit-display.jpg
From the Children's Bureau Express

For those who adopted children who came from less than perfect circumstances, you may have noticed your children hording food.  While you may have had classes that explained this behavior, a new study shows the effect of food insecurity may follow these children throughout their life.  To read the article Linking Childhood Adversity and Food Insecurity from the Children's Bureau Express, click here.


Colorado Outward Bound Opportunity 

Parent Teen Colorado Outward Bound School Trust Building Weekend

July 24-26, 2015 and September 4-6, 2015


Colorado Post Adoption Resource Center (COPARC) is again sponsoring an Outward Bound weekend for adopted teens.  The event allows an adopted family pair of one teen (ages 13-18) and one parent to build trust in a wilderness setting. Priority will be given to families who adopted through the child welfare/foster care system.


The event will take place at Outward Bound's Leadville Campus in the Rocky Mountains.


If interested, contact Tara Skubella at [email protected] or 970.250.0034 for more information.  Please note that any teen who was in residential treatment in the past year will not qualify.


All application paperwork deadline: June 19th for the July 24-26th session and July 7th for the September 4-6th session. 


Gay Couples and Adoption 
From The Atlantic, by Andrew Giambrone

As many states move forward with marriage equality, many gay couples are still experiencing discriminatory regulations regarding adoption.  Click here to read more in an article by Andrew Giambrone from The Atlantic.
Importance of Home Permanency
From the Chronicles of Social Change by Jonathan Dean Permanency

Permanency or the lack of it shapes a child's future.  Read more here.
Camp Teen Fundango 


Monday, June 29 - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AGES 10-16

Registration fee $30.00   


Teens are invited on an adventure weekend that challenges them 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, click here.  For registration information, please call 970-223-1230 or email [email protected].  


Camp Fundango 


Camp Fundango is a family weekend for adoptive, foster, and kinship families, taking place on August 28 - 30, 2015, at Camp Timberline in Estes Park.  Cost is $30 a camper for the weekend.  Space is limited to the first 80 campers.


Camp activities will include zip lines, climbing wall, low and high ropes course, giant swings, basketball, soccer, disc golf, football, hiking, and fishing.


For more information, click here or contact Erica Wharton at 970-223-1230 or by email at [email protected].  


Open Arms Awareness Day

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Loveland Public Library, Gertrude Scott Room, 

330 N Adams Ave, Loveland, CO


Learn what it takes to become a foster parent.  Larimer County Department of Human Services, the Matthews House, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and current foster parents will be available to talk to attendees.


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

This webinar is being offered by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E). Click here to read more information about this webinar.


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.



Adoptive Parents Support Group

Last Sunday of every month from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Discovery Church, 2605 W 144th Ave, Broomfield, CO  80023

Meets the last Sunday of every month from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]

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  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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