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Help COCAF When You Shop
C.A.S.E. Webinars
Twitter COCAF!
Free Adoption Resources
Raising Teenagers?
Sailing Camp
College Scholarships!
Air & Space Camp
CWT Open Houses
NACAC Annual Conference
Heritage Camps
Support Groups


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Classroom Training

Guardianship & Options When a Person Turns 18
June 6 & June 14
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Arc
13949 W Colfax Ave, Ste 150
RSVP to Megan Martin at 303.462.6590

Comportamientos sexualizados problematicos en la infancia y la adolescencia- Intervenciones
June 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mile High United Way 
711 Park Ave West
Denver, CO 80205

A Trauma-Informed Approach: How Understanding and Connecting Facilitates Health, Growth and Recovery
June 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Mile High United Way
711 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO 80205

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 


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

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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

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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

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  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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Out of the Showdows
June 11 10:00 a.m.

Finding Dory
June 25 10:00 a.m.

The Secret Life of Pets
Saturday July 9 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday July 12 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday July 26
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. 

Summer is here!  That means entertaining the kids, keeping the kids out of trouble, and figuring out how to afford college...and pulling weeds!
Check out our articles on some affordable summer camps, free events, and college scholarships.  Sorry, I have nothing to help you deal with the weeds.  I just know that if you ask the kids to pull weeds, you should make sure there are no plants that you want in the same vicinity...pulled flowers, unlike pulled weeds, don't come back up (at least in my personal experience!).

Have a great summer!   

K. Colleen Tarket, COCAF Board of Directors
Free Adoption Resources 

Questions about adoption can come from every angle. C.A.S.E. has answers. C.A.S.E. offers a wealth of free resources from books, movies and articles to recommended websites that will provide information and guidance on helping you better navigate through the adoption journey. Check back frequently for additional resources.
Pay it forward! Please share if you've read a great book, seen a great movie or visited a website that relates to adoption and may potentially be a resource for others. Email C.A.S.E with your recommendation.

Click here to go to the website.
Museum Free Days 
From Catholic Charity Kinship Chronicles

Molly Brown House, June 2
1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203
Denver Art Museum, June 4
100 W. 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, June 5
2001 Colorado Blvd , Denver, CO 80205

Chatfield Farms, June 7
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO  80128 
Aurora History Museum, June 9, 15, 28
15051 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012 
Museum of Outdoor Arts, June 8 and 15:  10am-4pm
June 11 and 25: 11am-4pm
1000 Englewood Pkwy, Ste. 2-230, Englewood, CO 80110
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys, June 5
1880 Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80206
Hudson Gardens, June 27
6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
Are You Raising Teenagers? 
From Catholic Charities Kinship Chronicles

Every Thursday night from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Servicios de la Raza partners with Denver Human Services to offer a free Character Building and Gang Prevention Program for Youth 13-18 at the Care Center in Denver Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204.
All youth and caregivers receive free dinner. While the teens are in the program, caregivers have the option of participating in free parenting classes at the same location. Free childcare is also available for younger children.
For more information contact Anthony Luna by phone at 303-952-0819 or by email at [email protected].

Sailing Camp for Kids 11-18 

Diane McKinney, the founder of Able to Sail, offers camps at Union Reservoir in Longmont.  Her available weeks for camp are:  June 20th-23rd, June 27th-June 30th ,and July 18th-21st.  Diane's camp not only teaches youth to sail, but through her program she also addresses empowerment, self-esteem, and working cooperatively with others.   Please check out the website for further information.  

 Limited scholarships may be available through Boulder County.   Please contact Marla Slade at 303-441-1534, or [email protected] for more information on financial assistance. 
Click here for more information on the camp.

College Scholarships! 

There are some great scholarships for Colorado students.  Check these out!

Boettcher Foundation Scholarship

Grand Valley Power Scholarship Program

CollegeInvest 529 Scholarship

Queen City ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers

Daniels Scholarship Program

Independent Motor's Auto Repair Scholarship

Sachs Foundation African American Scholarships

The Denver Foundation Ambassador Scholarship

Colorado Women's Education Foundation Scholarship

Air & Space Summer Camp for Kids 8-12 
From Catholic Charities Kinship Chronicles

The Wings Over The Rockies camps are normally $400 a week, but take advantage of this special opportunity to send your kids for only $50/week for full day. $25/week for half day.

Location: 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230.

Two different options: 

July 11th Registration
Students ages 8 - 12 will be immersed in aviation and space activities inside our WWII-era Air Force hangar that is filled with over 40 types of aircraft and space vehicles. 

Campers will have the opportunity to meet an accomplished leader of the aerospace industry with our Lunch with a Legend series. By designing space stations, gliders, rockets and robots, campers will learn to troubleshoot some of the challenges tackled by aerospace engineers. Campers can choose to attend a morning and/or afternoon session. The morning sessions focus on aviation and the afternoon sessions have an emphasis on space activities.

Science of Flight | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
* Fly a mission in our simulator lab
* Watch exciting air pressure and lift demonstrations with Cool Science
* Learn to fly radio-controlled aircraft with an instructor from the Academy of Model Aeronautics

Space Adventures | 12:30 - 4:00 PM
* Experience the magic of the night sky inside an inflatable planetarium
* Launch water rockets and finger missiles
* Learn to program robots and circuits to complete small tasks

Full Day Combo | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Full-day campers experience both Science of Flight and Space Adventures activities.
CWT Summer Open Houses  

The Colorado Child Welfare Training System is hosting summer open houses.

Families, community members, foster parents, and youth are invited to a number of upcoming Regional Training Center open houses throughout the summer.   No RSVP required, just drop in.

Metro Regional Training Center
5670 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 115, Greenwood Village
Tuesday, June 21, 9:00 - noon
Friday, July 8, 1:00 - 4:00
Monday, August 22, 9:00 - noon
Northeast Regional Training Center
2573 Midpoint Dr, Suite 108, Fort Collins
Monday, June 20, 8:30 - 11:30
Monday, July 25 1:00 - 4:00
Monday, August 29, 11:00 - 2:00
West Regional Training Center
195 W 14th St, Building D, Suite 208, Rifle
Friday, June 24, 11:00 - 2:00
Friday, July 9, Noon - 3:00
Friday, August 19, 9:00 - noon
Southeast Regional Training Center
172 Justice Center Rd, South Entrance, Door C, Canon City
Monday, July 18, 1:00 - 4:00
Friday, July 22, 11:00 - 2:00
Friday, August 26, 10:00 - 1:00

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.
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 


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 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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