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Help COCAF When You Shop
Twitter COCAF!
COPARC Conference
School Suspensions
Help Me Grow
Empowered to Connect
Make Choices & Take Control of Services
Defiant Children
NACAC Annual Conference
Free Resources
Executive Functioning
Camp Teen Fundango
Heritage Camps
Support Groups


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Classroom Training

Invisible Trauma
April 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. - noon
Mile High United Way
711 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO  80205

Mental Health:  Understanding the Misunderstood Disease
April 8, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Denver Police Protective Center
2105 Decatur St
Denver, CO 80211

Supporting Youth in Achieving Permanency
Friday & Saturday
April 8, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
April 9, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Garfield County DHS
195 W 14th St
Rifle, CO  81650

Introduction to Executive Functioning: Navigating Your Child's Path to Success
April 12, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dreamcatcher Instruction Center
2300 Central, Ste 1A
Boulder, CO
Call 970-352-8873 or email [email protected] for questions and to register. 

FASD Effective Parenting Interventions
April 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
10451 Huron St
Northglenn, CO  80234

2nd Annual Transracial Adoption Bootcamp:  From Colorblind to Color Brave
April 16, 2015
12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Southglenn Library
Centennial, CO

Guardianship Training, Part 1
April 18, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
11177 W 8th Ave
Lakewood, CO
RSVP to Megan Martin, 303-462-6590
Click here for more info.

Can You Really Love Me
April 21, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
St. Vrain Community Hub
515 Coffman
Longmont, CO  80501
Childcare available with RSVP
RSVP to Margaret Davidson 303-441-1120 or [email protected]

Sexually Abused Children:  
Parenting Game Plan
Friday & Saturday
April 22, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
April 23, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pueblo Library Rawlings Branch
100 E Abriendo Ave
Pueblo, CO  81004

Guardianship Training, Part 2
April 25, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
11177 W 8th Ave
Lakewood, CO
RSVP to Megan Martin, 303-462-6590

Children Who Display Problematic & Sexualized Behaviors
April 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lunch NOT provided
Sungate Kids
6090 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO  80111

Severe Behavior Problems in Adoption: Explosive, Aggressive Mood Disorders
Thursday May 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Southeast Christian Church
9690 Jordan Rd
Parker, CO 80134

Introduction to Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TRBI)
Parenting Kids from Hard Places
May 6, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Adoption Exchange
14232 E Evans Ave
Aurora, CO  80014

Being and Doing our Best When Helping Children Who Have Experienced the Worst
May 12, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
St. Vrain Community Hub
515 Coffman
Longmont, CO  80501
Childcare available with RSVP
RSVP to Margaret Davidson 303-441-1120 or [email protected]

Sexually Abused Children:  
Parenting Game Plan
Friday & Saturday
May 20, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
May 21, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Garfield County DHS
195 W 14th St
Rifle, CO  81650

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors
Friday & Saturday
May 20, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
May 21, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fremont County DHS
172 Justice Center Rd, Door C
Room 3
Canon City CO 81212

Sexually Abused Children:  
Parenting Game Plan
Friday & Saturday
June 24, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
June 25, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Denver Police Dept
District 1 Station
Community Room
11311 W 46th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
C.A.S.E. Webinars 


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


Reading in the City 2016
Brain Research & Practical Teaching Strategies
Literacy Conference for Educators
April 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
North High School
Denver, CO

Camp Watwuzithink'n Part 2
Wednesday - Friday
April 27-29, 2016
Beaver Run Resort
Breckenridge, CO

COPARC's Annual Spotlight Conference:  Bloom Renewing & Refreshing Families
April 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Pines at Genesee
633 Park Point Drive
Golden, Colorado 80401
Click here for more info.

GLOW Conference for TEENS
For adopted teens or teens in foster care ages 13-18
June 11, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Miller Activity Complex
1375 W Plum Creek Pkwy
Castle Rock, CO 80109

NACAC Conference
August 3-6, 2016
Nashville, TN

Reading in the Rockies Fall Conference
October 7-8, 2016
Vail, CO



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
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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.

April 9 10:00 a.m.
April 12 7:00 p.m.
Batman vs Superman 
Dawn of Justice

April 23 10:00 a.m.
The Jungle Book

April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The Huntsman Winter's War 


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. 

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.  For those of us who adopted from the foster care system, we know all too well the long-term effects of child abuse, as we struggle to help our children heal.  Please take time this month to talk to your children, their friends, your friends, and anyone else who will listen about the importance of telling. 
People are so afraid to step on someone's toes or to offend someone that we constantly see something or hear something that concerns us, but we don't get involved.  Think about how much better our children's lives would have been if someone had stepped in earlier!
So talk to others about telling.  And if you see or hear anything that looks like child abuse, get involved.  If your concerns turn out to be unfounded, then apologize and move on.  But don't ignore something that may forever change a child's life for the worst.

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K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
Bloom:  Renewing & Refreshing Families 

The annual COPARC Spotlight Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 29.

As families and professionals who care for kids who have experienced trauma, you deserve a day to refresh and renew! Join The Adoption Exchange's COPARC this year for their Spotlight Conference: BLOOM. Keynote speaker is Nancy Norton, a stand-up comedian and adoptive parent known for her family focused comedy. Join other adoptive parents for a day of laughter, and leave with new tools to rejuvenate you as you continue to nurture children. The workshops will give you opportunities to gain tools for self-awareness, time to reflect and focus on self-care, and you will leave with new ideas and invigoration for this journey we're all on together.

Registration begins at 8:30am; breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.  This conference is for adults only.

School Suspensions 
From disabilityscoop

Charter schools are suspending students with disabilities at higher rates than typically-developing children and in numbers that outpace traditional public schools, a first-of-its-kind report indicates.
In an analysis of discipline records for nearly 5,000 charter schools, researchers identified deep disparities no matter which grades charters served even though fewer children with disabilities attend such schools, according to the report from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"It's disturbing to see so many of these schools still reporting such high suspension rates because that indicates charter leaders continue to pursue 'broken windows,' 'no excuses' and other forms of 'zero tolerance' discipline," said Daniel Losen, the study's lead author. "And we know from decades of research that frequently suspending children from school is counterproductive."
Click here to read the entire article.
Help Me Grow 

Parents concerned with their child's development and not getting the support they need from their child's physicians can turn to Help Me Grow Colorado for assistance.

Help Me Grow Colorado helps to identify at-risk children and connects families to community-based programs through the ABCD program (Access to Baby and Child Dentistry) and the Medicaid Medical Homes for Children program.
Click here for more information.
Empowered to Connect Simulcast 

"Empowered to Connect Simulcast" is scheduled for April 8 & 9, in Boulder.

It is  a 2-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and professionals better understand how to connect with "children from hard places" in order to help them heal. The conference features Dr. Purvis.

It is FREE of charge. If anyone needs Continuing Education Credits, there is a $25 fee for 11 credit hours.

For more details (time, location, etc.) and to register, click here.
Your Right to Make Choices & Take Control of Services 
From Family Link and the Colorado Developmental Disability Council

A rare opportunity to learn Your Right To Make Choices and Take Control of Services if you have a family member with a disability in Colorado. Thursday 4/7, 9:30-3 pm, Arvada Center (6901 Wadsworth, Arvada, 80003), FREE all-day event including free lunch, everything accessible, and lots of free parking.
Get answers to your questions about:
  Consumer Direction (CDASS) and how this makes life easier for choosing, hiring and paying providers of services.
  Family Caregiver-helpful hints
  EBD (Elderly, Blind, Disabled Waiver) versus SLS (Supported Living Waiver)-pros and cons
  Becoming a Family Managed PASA-Controlling your loved one's funding
  How your family member can get a "supported" JOB
  Building Community Connections-useful strategies
  Finding agencies with your values, who believe in your loved one's contributions
Contact [email protected] by TODAY (MARCH 31) if you want to attend.

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

Seven Simple Ways to Disarm Defiant Children by Danielle Maxon, is worth a read for those of us whose children are not always in complete control.  Click here to read the article.
NACAC Annual Conference 

NACAC Conference is scheduled for August 4-6, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee, with a preconference session on August 3.  

For more information on this incredible conference for all those involved with adoption, click here.
Free Resources 

Two new fact sheets are available on the C.A.S.E. website.  These free resources offer valuable tips for adoptive parents.  Click here to go to the website.

Intro to Executive Functioning 

Do you know a child who has problems with sustaining flexible, focused attention? Managing distractions and impulses? Prioritizing tasks? Planning and using time effectively? Taking and using notes? Preparing for tests? Managing motivation and energy levels?

Join this exciting, ground-breaking program that will help your child to think better--smarter--and faster! Lori Kochevar, LPC/Brighten the Brain, is collaborating with Dreamcatcher Learning Center to present a free parent seminar called "Introduction to Executive Functioning: Navigating Your Child's Path to Success." Its focus is on cutting-edge approaches to helping kids with executive functioning (EF) challenges. 
Parents will receive helpful information and strategies for helping their children with EF issues.

TIME: Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm

LOCATION: Dreamcatcher Instruction Center, 2300 Central Suite 1A, Boulder

CALL 970-352-8873 or EMAIL [email protected] for questions and to register. 
Camp Teen Fundango 

Camp Teen Fundangois a 3-day weekend of camping for adoptive, foster, and kinship teens ages 10-16. Biological teens are welcomed as long as they are accompanying a foster, adoptive or kinship sibling.
The weekend was held at a primitive camp 45 minutes from Fort Collins - an off-the grid, pristine playground where kids discover both the natural world and their own innate skills and confidences. The weekend will be packed full of adventures and activities that engaged the kids in skill-building, learning, reflection and growth.  Camp Teen Fundango will be challenging teens to step outside their comfort zone, connect with new and unexpected friends, and discover their sense of self and leadership.

Some of the activities that the teens will participate in are rock climbing, mountain boarding, hiking, leap of faith, and GAGA ball.

Registration starts April 18 at 9:00 am. Cost is $30 a camper. Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship children (and biological siblings, too!) ages 10-16 are welcome to attend.  Registration forms will need to be printed, filled out completely, and submitted to Kids at Heart along with registration fee. Registration is limited to 24 participants and is based on a first come first serve basis.  You will be considered "registered" when the office has received and processed ALL of your completed registration forms and fees.  You may cancel and receive a full refund any time before May 16, 2016. If a cancellation is received after May 15, 2016, the fees will not be refunded.   When forms and fees are received and processed by Kids at Heart, they will send you an e-mail letting you know that you are registered (could take up to a week or two).  Send Registration & Fees to Kids at Heart 6501 Brittany Street Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Click here for more information and to download all the registration forms.

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families 

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has published their 2016 schedule.  If you're interested in any of these camps, click here for more information.

June 9-12      African/Caribbean
June 16-19     Korean
June 23-26     Chinese II
June 23-26     Latin American
July 7-10       Indian/Nepalese
July 14-17      Cambodian
July 14-17      Vietnamese/Thai

July 21-24      Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian 
July 29-21      Adult Adoptee Retreat
August 4-7     Domestic Adoption Camp
August 4-7     Filipino/Indonesian/Pacific Islander           
Sept 2-5        Chinese in Fraser, CO 

Need a Ramp? 

If you need a ramp to provide accessibility to your home, please email me at [email protected].  We know of a program that may be able to assist you at no cost.
Health First Colorado 

Starting May 2016, Colorado Medicaid will change its name to "Health First Colorado". The new name will better represent Colorado's fresh approach to public health care coverage.
Learn more about Health First Colorado at Colorado.gov/hcpf/hfc.

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families 2016 Gala
25 Years of Helping Families Soar
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Click here for more information.

COCAF Night at the 
Colorado Mammoth!!!

Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
$25 lower end tickets  (COCAF gets $5)
$10 upper end tickets  (COCAF gets $2)

Order tickets online at www.mammothtix.com/COCAF.

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.

Adult Adoptee Support Group
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sondermind, Suite 12, 100 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Cost $25-$35

Jefferson County Kids Group
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian, 11500 W. 20th Ave, Lakewood 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.. 
RSVP to Mindy Beckler at 303-432-5205

North Adams Grandfamily Support Group
Third Thursday of the month
Brighton Police Department, 3401 E Bromley Ln, Brighton, 80601. RSVP to Janet at 303-637-8113.

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.  

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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