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Help COCAF When You Shop
C.A.S.E. Webinars
Twitter COCAF!
Subsidies / Adoption Assistance
Adoption & Foster Care App
Colorado Receives Adoption Incentives
Colorado Crisis Services
Therapy through LFS
Free National Park Access
Support Groups


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Classroom Training

XYZ's of IEPs (Part 2)
November 10, 2015
BVSD Education Center
6500 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80301        
For more information, contact Anna Stewart at 720-561-5918 or [email protected]

Parenting Kids from Hard Places: In Depth TBRI Correcting Principles
November 13, 2015
9:30 am-3:00 pm
The Adoption Exchange
14232 E Evans Avenue
Aurora CO

Raising Children with Trauma Histories
November 17
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Risen Christ Catholic Parish
3060 S Monaco Pkwy
(Hampden &  Monaco)
Denver, CO 80222
Childcare and a meal provided with an RSVP.
RSVP to Carrie Savage at 303-742-0823 x2071

Anniversary Reactions:  Traumatic Memories
November 19, 2015
9:00 a.m. - noon
Mile High United Way
PCL Conference Room 2
711 Park Ave West
Denver, CO 80205

Healing Our Youth
November 19, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Douglas County High School
2842 Front St
Castle Rock, CO  80104

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors
Friday & Saturday
November 20-21, 2015
Ca´┐Żon City, CO or
Edgewater, CO

Nurturing Fatherhood Program
13-week program
December 2015-March 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
For more info, contact Nancy Regalado 

Parenting Kids from Hard Places: An Introduction to TBRI
December 11, 2015
9:30 am-3:00 pm
The Adoption Exchange
14232 E Evans Avenue
Aurora CO
Click here for more info

IEP Assessments & Monitoring Progress
January 13, 2016
BVSD Education Center
6500 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80301        
For more information, contact Anna Stewart at 720-561-5918 or [email protected]
Understanding Executive Functioning (EF)
February 24, 2016
BVSD Education Center
6500 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80301        
For more information, contact Anna Stewart at 720-561-5918 or [email protected]
Twice Exceptional Learners
March 31, 2016
BVSD Education Center
6500 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80301        
For more information, contact Anna Stewart at 720-561-5918 or [email protected]

C.A.S.E. Webinars 

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


NACAC Conference
August 3-6, 2016
Nashville, TN



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.

Nov 14 10 a.m.
The Peanuts Movie

Nov 28 10 a.m. &
Dec 12 10 a.m.
The Good Dinosaur

Dec 22 7 p.m. &
Dec 26 10 a.m.
Star Wars:  
The Force Awakens


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. 

November is National Adoption Month.  Most of you receive this email because you're part of an adoptive family or because you work with adoptive families.
COCAF has spent the last 17 years advocating on behalf of adoptive families.  We do it on a shoestring budget, and we don't charge families for our services. 
We also don't take money from the State of Colorado.  Why not?  Because we don't want to have any conflicts when we help you, the adoptive family.  If we took State money, then it would be difficult to go to a fair hearing to fully support you in your battle to get a reasonable adoption assistance (subsidy) agreement from the county (given the county is an arm of the State).  So we don't take State money, and when we advocate on your behalf, we don't have to worry about "offending" our money source - which means we are 100% focused on doing what is best for your family - and no one else!
That said, it means that COCAF is 100% dependent upon you, our adoptive families, for our financial support.  Please consider making a donation to COCAF to ensure that all of Colorado's adoptive families have the advocacy support they need to ensure their family thrives.

Have a peaceful Thanksgiving!           
K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
Question of the Month 

Multi-ethnic arms outstretched to ask questions.
How can I support COCAF?  

Non-profits need money to operate - just like you!
In the past, COCAF has used Colorado Gives Day as our one big donation push.  Unfortunately, we won't be able to do that this year.
When we first started working with the Community First Foundation in 2009 (the organizers of CO Gives Day), they welcomed us, despite the fact that we are a small charity (in terms of donations brought in).  They now require that a charity bring in $50,000 in donations annually or have $25,000 in fixed assets to participate.  COCAF is a small (okay, really small) charity, and we have never taken in more than $8,000 a year in donations.  So Community First Foundation no longer wants to help us.
We are definitely hurt by this move, but we will persevere!
We do have a new "donate" button on our website that goes directly to our PayPal account, and we would be very grateful if you continued to support us, even if the Community First Foundation doesn't.  We haven't changed; we still provide no cost advocacy support to all of Colorado's adoptive families, and to anyone in any other state who has adopted a child from the Colorado child welfare system.
Please consider a donation today
in honor of 
National Adoption Month.
Thank you for supporting adoption and adoptive families.  :)

Adoption & Foster Care App 
From the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has released an app to help youth and parents involved in foster care. FOCUS on Foster Families-developed by the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at UCLA-provides videos and other tools designed to help users improve their skills related to communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, and goal setting. The app is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or from Google Play.

Colorado Receives Adoption Incentives 

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has released the 2014 Adoption Incentive awards for 2014.  Colorado did earn the incentive for 2014, making it the 8th year out of the last 17 years Colorado has earned the incentive.  

To see the state-by-state table, click here. 
Colorado Crisis Services 

Mental health issues seem to be at their worst during the holiday season.  If you or someone you care about needs help with mental health, substance use, or emotional issues, the Colorado Crisis Services provides confidential and immediate support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:  1-844-493-TALK (8255) or http://coloradocrisisservices.org/
You can also visit one of their walk-in crisis centers:

Aurora Walk-In Center: 
Anschutz Medical Campus, 2206 Victor Street
Aurora Walk-In Center: 
Urgent Care Center, 791 Chambers Rd. 7am-11pm
Boulder Walk-In Center: 
Ryan Wellness Center, 1000 Alpine Ave.
Denver Walk-In Center: 4353 E. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood Walk-In Center: 
Union Square Health Plaza, 12055 W. 2nd Pl.
Littleton Walk-In Center: 
Santa Fe House, 6509 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Westminster Walk-In Center: 
84th Ave. Neighborhood Center, 2551 W. 84th Ave.

LFS Therapy:  Correction 

LFS offers individual counseling, family counseling, and support groups for adopted youth.  Services are available in Lakewood, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. LFS offers a flat rate of $30 per hour session in the office and $40 per hour session for in home sessions. LFS does accept CO Access Medicaid.

You don't need to wait for a crisis-seeking support proactively will reduce your stress and help you to focus on your family.  To get more information:
  • Email:  [email protected]
  • Denver Area 303.217.5858
  • Fort Collins Area 970.266.1788
  • Colorado Springs Area 719.227.7571

Free National Park Access 

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the National Parks Service is kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1st you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available starting September 1st, 2015 and will be good for the 2015-2016 school year until August 31, 2016. To apply for your pass, click here

COPARC Joins FaceBook 

The Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center (COPARC), a division of The Adoption Exchange, now has a FaceBook page.  See what resources are available to help your adoptive family at https://www.facebook.com/coparc

And while you're on FaceBook, don't forget to like COCAF, too!  


Pizza Nights for Families Affected by Autism
The Autism Society of Colorado and Beau Jo's team up to offer individuals and families an autism friendly dining experience. 
For more information: 720-214-0794 or
First Tuesday of every month:
Arvada Beau Jo's Wadsworth & 53rd
7525 W 53rd Ave
Arvada, CO 80002
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
First Wednesday of every month:
Denver Beau Jo's Colorado Blvd & Yale
2710 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Adoption & Foster Care Expo
November 14, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Denver Mart Plaza Pavilion

The Adoption Exchange 29th Annual Fantasy Ball
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom
Denver Performing Arts Complex
1350 Curtis Street, Denver, CO  80202

The evening includes cocktails, silent auction, live auction, dinner, and dancing.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Attire is Black Tie Optional.  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.

Fathers Forever
2nd & 4th Thursdays
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Resilience Center, 1298 Peoria St, Aurora, CO  80011
For more information, contact Don Reynolds (720-353-6103) or Aaron Lockwood (303-901-4486).
Grandparent Group
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Aurora Mental Health Center in the Early Childhood & Family Dept.
11059 E Bethany Dr., Suite 101, Aurora, CO  80014
For more information, contact Aline Ratliff (303-885-5163).
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
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

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 mlsanner@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

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

Aurora Mental Health
Adoption Support Group
2nd & 4th Mondays of the month
Aurora Mental Health
11059 E Bethany Drive, Aurora, CO 80014

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
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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