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NACAC Conference
Senate Bill 12
Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development
Support Services
Camp Fundango
Free Events With Library Card
New Police Procedure
Support Groups


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Classroom Training


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.


Adoption Information Class


July 8, 2015

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

The Adoption Exchange
14232 East Evans Avenue
Aurora, CO   80014

Click here for more info.

FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Kinship Care Providers 

July 14 & 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center
11151 Colorado Blvd.

Thornton, CO 80233

Email [email protected] or call Lindy Schultz at 303-853-3679 by July 7 to register.

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.

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. 



COCAF received great news last week:  We are getting a $1,000 donation from Top of Mind, thanks to one of our long-time supporters, Greg Selters of Envoy Mortgage in Northglenn.


Here's an excerpt from the email we received:

"Top of Mind would like to give COCAF a $1,000 donation. We made an error that impacted many of our clients, and in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, we offered to donate money to a charity nominated by our clients. Greg nominated COCAF, and you were one of four organizations selected from among hundreds of entrants to receive a donation."


We thank Greg for taking the time to write a winning nomination for COCAF.  It's donations like this that keep COCAF afloat financially.  


Hoping you stay afloat this summer!           sunflower-2.jpg


K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
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.

Senate Bill 12 Signed into Law 

From the Colorado Center on Law and Policy


After winning overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of the Colorado legislature during the 2015 session, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 12 into law.

Developed by Chaer Robert, Manager of CCLP's Family Economic Security Program, the measure lets Colorado parents who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) get child-support payments. Currently, such payments go to federal and local governments to fund TANF cash-assistance and other programs. Robert and CCLP staff began working proposed legislation to change the policy after presenting a recommendation to the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission last summer.   


The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, in the Senate and by Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, in the House.

Now that SB 12 has been signed, TANF recipients will begin receiving child-support payments starting January 2017.  A small fiscal note was attached to the bill so that IT professionals can modify computer systems to allow child-support payments to pass-through to TANF recipients.

Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development 

The Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development brief provides basic information on brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. The information is designed to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect in children who come to the attention of the child welfare system.


Click here to read the brief.

AdoptUSKids Releases Publication on Support Services 

From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)


In the new AdoptUSKids publication, Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families, state and tribal child welfare managers and administrators and staff of family support organizations will find:

  • Information about how promising support services can help with both recruitment and support of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families, including information on 17 evidence-based or evidence-informed therapeutic services and techniques that have been used in conjunction with support services to help create healthier families
  • Data about the value of support services for children, families, and administrators
  • Tools and guidance administrators can use to assess the needs of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families in their communities
  • Information gathered from research and from leaders in the field about implementing support services, including forming public/private partnerships, accessing funding, assessing a program's ability to engage families, and evaluating how services make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families
Click now to go to the publication.
New HHS Grant to Expanded NEICE Pilot Project & Improve Interstate Adoption Process

From Voice For Adoption (VFA)


The system, known as the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE), is a web-based electronic case-processing system that supports the administration of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) by exchanging data and documents across state jurisdictions to facilitate the safe placement of foster children quicker and more efficiently than ever before. When fully implemented, it will also save states potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative costs and staff time. NEICE was piloted in six states over the past 17 months with significant results. "The Children's Bureau is very excited about the potential of the NEICE to quicken the safe and timely placement of children across the 52 ICPC jurisdictions and for the potential to operate with other related key systems that provide services for and to children and families." said JooYeun Chang, associate commissioner of the Children's Bureau. The $3.6 million three-year grant was awarded to the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliate, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC), and was awarded to further develop from the six state pilot to full-scale system use nation-wide. Click here to learn more.
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].  

Do You Have an Arapahoe, Douglas, or Jeffco Library Card? 

From the Catholic Charities Kinship Chronicles


The Arapahoe County Library District, JeffCo Public Library, and Douglas County Library District now offer FREE Exploration Passes good for admission to the Dinosaur Ridge, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, the Denver Firefighters Museum, and the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Passes are available in limited quantities each day and allow different numbers of people to enter the attraction at no cost. Note that you must have a current ACL, JCPL, or DCL library card  (you'll need the number handy to get your pass) but any Colorado resident can get a card as long as you present some sort of photo ID at any one of their library locations. Be sure to read the "Pass Information" for each attraction. Some passes admit four people, others only two.

New Police Approach for Special Needs Populations 

From the disabilityscoop


The Brunswick, Maine, police department has developed an innovative approach to dealing with those people with special needs or mental health issues.  To read more about this forward-thinking approach, click here.  


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.


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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