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Adoption Competent Practice Certification
The Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work is offering the Colorado Adoption Competent Practice Certification in 2013.  The Adoption Competent Practice Certification consists of:

  • A focus on specialized theories and practices for working with all members of the adoptiontriad: birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted individuals.
  • An emphasis on the development of a framework for understanding the complexity of being a child or adult in a family by adoption.
  • Development of the therapeutic skills that enable practitioners to work on adoption issues at the individual, couple, group and family levels of clinical practice.
Class Details:
  • Registration and Payment Deadline: February 22, 2013
  • Six days of classroom instruction:  March 21-22, April 24-25, and May 22-23, 2013 (from 8:30 am-4:30 pm each day).
  • Three days of follow up supervision (in the format of 1 half-day session per month):  June 13 or 14, July 11 or 12, August 8 or 9, 2013.
  • Location: University of Denver, Craig Hall, Denver, CO.
  • Cost: $1180 per person
  • Eligible for 45 CECs (accredited through Colorado NASW)
  • MSW or postgraduate degree in related field required.
  • Upon successful completion, Certificate holders may be listed on the Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center(COPARC) website as "Adoption Competent Therapists". This is a statewide community-based network of services to support adoptive families.
  • Sponsored by: The Adoption Exchange, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and The Butler Institute for Families at DU's Graduate School of Social Work
  • Program Flyer & Registration Site can be found by following the link below: http://www.thebutlerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Adoption_Spring20133.pdf
  • To go directly to the registration site, please visit: http://www.thebutlerinstitute.org/pd/register
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contactKathy.schmitz@du.edu or call 303.871.4548.
If you have any logistical questions or problems with the registration website, please contact butler.institute@du.edu or call 303.871.2434.
If you cannot attend yourself, I hope you will be able to forward this information to interested colleagues. 
Children Waiting for Adoptions
See pictures and read about some of Colorado's children that are available for adoption!Heart Gallery
An exhibit featuring over 50 children who are currently waiting for their forever families.Change a Life Forever
"Colorado's County Departments of Human Services and Social Services are looking for some really special people to be adopted and foster families.  Becoming an adoptive or foster parent is an important decision that will change your life- and that of a child-forever.  Hundreds of children in Colorado are waiting for a family.  One of them might be waiting for you. "Adoption Exchange
Call Toll free (866) 229-7605 or visit their website.  Through services provided by the adoption Exchange assist vulnerable children achieve adoption.  The exchange works to make the connection between families who adopt and the children who are waiting.Adoptee's in Search
This site is for individuals who were adopted and are searching for birth relatives.Child Welfare Gateway
The National Adoption Information and Clearinghouse (NAIC) was established by Congress in 1987 to provide free information on all aspects of adoption.  This website provides comprehensive information on domestic and intercountry adoption.  The name has changed to the Child Welfare Information Gateway.Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families (COCAF)
The COCAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization who desires to increase the amount of information and resources available to Colorado Pre- and Post-adoptive and kinship families.  Their goal is to provide information to the advocate for families at all phases of the foster-adopt/adoption/kinship process.Colorado Association of Family and Children's Agency (CAFCA)
CAFCA is a broad based group of non-for-profit organizations uniting together to develop the best care possible for Colorado's children and their families.

Statewide Adoption Services:
The Adoption Exchange was awarded a contract in December, 2004 to provide services to Colorado's families who have adopted children through the county departments.  The following services are to be provided:

  • Enhance relationships with counties and private agencies to service families needing post adoption services and to avoid duplication of services.
  • Maintain a 24-hour access through e-mail and 1-800 hotline number to respond to post-adoption inquiries in both English and Spanish, including evening access.
  • Develop a website devoted to post-adoption resources through a subcontract with Colorado Coalition of adoptive Families (COCAF).
  • Engage in a variety of outreach and marketing activities to publicize the grant, services available and adoption-related issues throughout the state.
  • Provide bilingual support materials to help families with adoption -related paperwork.
  • Provide support/advocacy for families with inquiries regarding post-adoption services.
  • Enhance the existing resource list to distribute to services providers and adoptive families including a therapist directory.
  • Provide staff support and resources to Colorado counties, including lending libraries.
  • Create new and support existing post-adoption support groups.
  • Train 20 mentors who are veteran adoptive parents to support new adoptive parents
  • Train 32 respite providers about caring for children with special needs.
  • Conduct 6 seminars for 120 adoptive parents and service providers available statewide through live and videoconferencing training.
  • Maintain benefits information for children with specials needs in English and Spanish, including updating the Compass: A Family Guide to Post-Adoption Resources.
  • Integrate with existing county services and create services where the need exists.
  • Publish and distribute a newsletter on post-adoptive services twice yearly.

Adoption Assistance Information
This document contains information on who to contact, who is eligible, post adoption services, and more.

November is National Adoption Month
National Adoption Day is a national collective effort to raise awareness of the 118,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. Through a collaborative effort for six years between courts, judges, attorneys, and advocates, National Adoption Day has helped to finalize adoptions. National Adoption Month began more than 25 years ago. In 1976, the Governor of Massachusetts first proclaimed Adoption Week and, later that year, President Gerald Ford made it official nationally. The number of States proclaiming the observance of Adoption Week in November grew, and in 1990, National Adoption Week became National Adoption Month.

For adoption questions, please contact Connie Vigil at 303-866-3209. Revised: 12/10/2012