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Help COCAF When You Shop
C.A.S.E. Webinars
Twitter COCAF!
GLOW Teen Conference
Social Media
ESY Services
Autism Study
NACAC Annual Conference
COPARC Support Group Survey
Religious Schools
ADA Information
Heritage Camps
Support Groups


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Classroom Training

Severe Behavior Problems in Adoption: Explosive, Aggressive Mood Disorders
Thursday May 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The Solomon Centre
Colorado Room
16965 Pine Lane Dr
Parker, CO  80134
Click here for more info.

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]

Intro to Executive Functioning:  
Navigating Your Child's Path to Success
May 17, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dreamcatcher Instruction Center
2300 Central Ste 1A
Boulder, CO

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
1311 W 46th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
C.A.S.E. Webinars 


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


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

CSFPA Conference:
Camp Watwuzithink'n Part 2
Thursday - Friday
June 16-17, 2016
Embassy Suites Denver Southeast
7525 E Hampden Ave
Denver, CO 80231

NACAC Conference
Wednesday - Saturday
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
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.

Captain America:  Civil War
Tuesday May 10 7:00 p.m.
Saturday May 14 10:00 a.m.

Neighbors 2:  
Sorority Rising
Tuesday May 24 7:00 p.m.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Saturday May 28 10:00 a.m.
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. 

As I watch the snow falling (again!), I find it hard to get motivated.  So I'm just going to wish you all a wonderful May, and I hope that we all get to see the sun again soon!


April Showers Bring May Flowers!   
K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
Teen Conference
Saturday June 11, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Miller Athletic Complex, Castle Rock, CO

GLOW is a conference just for teens who are currently in foster care or have been adopted.

Experience an adventure course in the morning, lunch together, and then hearing from a panel of adult adoptees and adults who aged out of foster care.  The conference will include three different breakout sessions. It will be a day filled with fun, adventure, and learning, all while surrounded by people who understand your story. 

Click here to register. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. For questions, contact Amanda Purvis, COPARC Project Director at The Adoption Exchange. [email protected]

The Children's Habilitation Residential Program Waiver (CHRP) provides services for children and youth who have a developmental disability and very high needs. 

The CHRP waiver has an enrollment capacity of 200. There is currently no waiting list.

Social Media:  Keep Your Kids Safe 


Social media has taken over the world, and, like it or not, your children will be using it.  Take the time to read these informative articles on how to keep your loved ones safe as they maneuver through the different social media sites.

Extended School Year Services 

Some children with disabilities require Special Education and Related Services like motor, speech, mental health, and nursing, longer than the standard school year in order to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under Federal law. Extended School Year (ESY) services are Special Education and/or Related Services provided beyond the standard school year, at times when school is not usually in session - typically during the summer.
Because ESY programming happens outside of the typical school year, there can be a lot of confusion about what the program offers and who is eligible for these services. Most importantly, parents need to understand that ESY services are different from summer school, summer remedial classes, and summer enrichment programs. They are not intended to provide additional learning, meet newly developed goals and objectives, or to replicate full-day services received during the school year.
Autism Study 

A landmark study plans to collect genetic information from 50,000 people with autism in an effort to determine the cause of autism.

Click here to read the article from disabilityscoop.
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.
COPARC Support Group Survey 

The Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center (COPARC) would like your input on web-based support groups.

Religious Schools Can Discriminate Against Children with Learning Disabilities 

In a recent ruling, a federal judge ruled that a religious school does not have to accommodate the needs of a child with learning disabilities.  This ruling could have a disastrous effect on education of children with disabilities attending religious schools.

To read the article from disabilityscoop, click here.
ADA Information 

ADA Live! (WADA) is a free monthly show broadcast nationally on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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 



May 28, 2016, 2:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Downtown Denver 

For the seventh year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than 24 free rock concerts throughout the day.  The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, making it easy to roam from act to act on five stages.
For full concert information and updates, visit www.DenverDayofRock.com

June 4-5, 2016
Larimer Square

Denver Chalk Art Festival is a FREE, 2-day street-closing-pavement-painting event when Larimer Square turns into a museum of chalk art!

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 [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

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 Litt[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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