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Volunteers Needed
FUP voucher
CDHS Seeks Input
Adoption Portrait Project
American Adoption Congress
C.A.S.E. Webinars
Support Groups


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Classroom Training


Supporting Your Child for a Successful Transition into the School Year


August 13, 2015

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

First Lutheran Evangelical Church

803 3rd Ave



Margaret Davidson 303-441-1120  or [email protected]


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.


Transitioning Through Adoption: From Foster to Adoptive Parenting


August 21, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Canon City

Click here for more info.

Advocating for the Child in Your Care: Navigating the System and Achieving Positive Outcomes

August 22, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Canon City

Click here for more info.

Trauma:  Impact on the Developing Mind and Brain


August 28, 2015

9:00 a.m. - noon

Mile High United Way

711 Park Avenue West

Denver, CO  80205

Click here for more info.

Working with the School System: IEPs and Advocating for Your Child


September 10, 2015

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

First Lutheran Evangelical Church

803 3rd Ave



Margaret Davidson 303-441-1120  or [email protected]

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors


Sept 25, 2015

Canon City

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.




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  

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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.

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. 



For some of you, school has already started.  The rest of us will be following shortly.


For those of you with kids who will be going to a new school (new for them) this year, please provide your child with a little extra love and support as they figure out this new world.


I was an "Air Force brat."  We moved, not a lot, but enough.  I also lived on Air Force bases and went to school on the base until 8th grade, so even though I might not have been moving that year, my friends were.  There was something about me moving, or them moving, and my introvert personality that made making new friends almost impossible for me.  The start of every new school year was filled with dread...and loneliness.


So if your kiddo is starting a new school or ended the last school year without friends, know just how hard this is for them.  Check with the school social worker and see if there are programs your child can join that might help.  Make an effort to meet other parents and set up play dates.  Help in the classroom if you can.  And most importantly, talk to your child about what they're experiencing and ask them how you can help. 


Happy school days!            school-group.jpg


K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
Volunteers Needed 

COCAF, just like you, needs to bring in money to pay the bills.  So we're teaming with SOAR Youth & Adult Choir, to have an auction to try and raise some much needed funds (for some reason, the phone company demands to be paid monthly!!!).


But an auction takes time and donations.  So we're asking you to help.  If you can help by going to businesses and asking for donations for the auction, please let me know.  If you have a cabin or condo that you'd be willing to give up for a long weekend, that would be awesome, too!  Or if you have contacts with any local entertainment venues, we could use that information, too.  We also need people who can help set up the auction and clean up afterwards.  The auction is currently slated for mid-October.


If you can help with any of these tasks, please email me with your name and contact information, and what you're willing to do to help at [email protected].


Thank you in advance for supporting COCAF!

Deborah Cave, Executive Director


Question of the Month 

Multi-ethnic arms outstretched to ask questions.
How do get a FUP voucher for housing for a young adult?

We frequently get requests about FUP vouchers.  If someone between the ages of 18-21 needs housing, click here to go to the Colorado FUP information.


For more information, contact Dana Hurley, Housing Director (director of FUP program) at 303.561.2387 or by email at [email protected].

CDHS Seeks Input 

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is conducting a series of town hall meetings to solicit feedback, comments, and suggestions to help inform the direction of the department and priorities for the coming year.


COCAF urges our adoptive/kinship/foster families to attend these meetings and ask questions about the services you receive (or those you need, but aren't receiving!).


Larimer County

Monday, August 17th at 9:30 a.m.

Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building

Hearing Room, 1st Floor  

200 West Oak, Fort Collins


Logan County

Monday, August 17th at 1:30pm

Dept of Human Services

Colorado Room  

510 South 10th St, Sterling


Douglas County

Monday, August 24th at 2:00pm

Douglas County Events Center  

500 Fairgrounds Drive,Castle Rock


Garfield County

Monday, August 31st at 11:00am

Garfield County Administration Building

108 8th Street, 1st Floor,Glenwood Springs


Click here to register for a session.


This forum will be accessible to all persons. Auxiliary aids and services such as Sign Language Interpreters, CART services, Language Interpretation services, materials in Braille or large print and FM systems may be provided upon request. Please contact Kristina Mueller (303.866.2804 or [email protected]) or Devon Reichart (303.866.4621 or [email protected]) to request access services in advance of the meetings.

Voice for Adoption Portrait Project 
From Voice for Adoption

Voice for Adoption (VFA) is once again providing an opportunity for members of Congress to learn from adopted children and their families. Through our annual project we give policy makers an opportunity to both celebrate and engage with families who have formed their families through domestic foster care adoption. This Capitol Hill awareness project seeks to inform policymakers and their staff about how adoption has touched the lives of their constituents.


Help VFA find adoptive families to participate! VFA is looking for families who have adopted from foster care. The family portraits will be displayed in the Washington, DC office of their member of Congress. Each participating family will receive a copy of our Adoptive Family Portrait Project booklet that features the families and Members of Congress that are involved. Interested families should click here to complete a participation interest form.
American Adoption Congress in Denver 

Join American Adoption Congress (AAC) board members for a special educational training on Friday, August 28, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the McCollum Room of the Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Denver, CO.


The evening's educational training is in conjunction with preparation for AAC's annual conference held March 29th - April 2, 2016, at the Denver Grand Hyatt Hotel.  The evening will feature discussion of the AAC's mission, and its goals for the future, as well as highlighting board members' individual adoption journeys.  All panel members are happy to field questions related to their personal adoption journeys and look forward to engaging conversation.


If you are planning to attend or have any further questions regarding this event, please contact Eileen Skahill at [email protected] directly.



4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair

Saturday, August 8, 2015   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

2250 South Monaco Parkway
-Free food, drinks & snow cones 
-Over 100 free bicycles 
-Dental, vision, medical and wellness screening


Adoption Info Night

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Nightlight Christian Adoptions

150 E 29th St, Loveland, CO 80538


Free event to provide information on their adoption programs.  Contact Brandi Scott at (970) 663-6799 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. Webinars 

Emotional Regulation & Relaxation Techniques for Parent & Child, Part 2

Thursday, August 20

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended access available August 21-28


FREE to first 300 registrations with coupon code RELAX102


Adoption and Learning Differences: What to Know and What to Expect

Thursday, September 17, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended Access: September 18-22, 2015


Strategies for Success: Parenting Your Child/Teen with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD

Thursday, October 15, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended Access: October 16- 21, 2015


Considering Adoption? Making the Decision to Adopt Older Children/Teens from Foster Care

Thursday, November 19, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended Access: November 20-25, 2015


Search and Reunion in International Adoption

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended Access: January 27 - February 2, 2016


Ask the Expert: Answers to the Five Most Common Adopted Teen Parenting Challenges

Thursday, February 18, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended Access: February 19- 24, 2016


Parent to Parent: Addressing Trauma-Based Behaviors to Promote Attachment

Thursday, March 17, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Extended Access: March 18 -23, 2016


Search and Reunion: Focus on Birthfathers

Thursday, April 21, 2016

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Extended Access: April 22 - 27, 2016


Ready by 21: A Realistic Approach to Helping Foster Youth Transition to Adulthood

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Extended Access: May 20 - 25, 2016


Adoptive Fathers: Empowering the Male Voice

Thursday, June 16, 2016

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Extended Access: June 17 - 22, 2016

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 ti[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)

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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