• Resources


    The Collaborative Foster Care Program provides resources to help the families and children in the program on their journey. See the topics below for many different resources.

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  • Recommended Readings/Movies

    • A Trauma Informed Approach to Discipline 
      This document, prepared by Gobbel Counseling, that speaks to teachers about behavior in the classroom, especially with those children who have a history of trauma, abuse, neglect, or adoption, and an alternate way of tracking behavior.
    • Closure: a Documentary About Adoption 
      Closure is a documentary about a transracial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed, including her birth father.  A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.
    • Dr. Dan Siegel's Mindsight Instititute 
      Discover the mindsight approach and the latest science as it emerges in the exciting field of interpersonal neurobiology. Our mission here at the Mindsight Institute is to provide a scientifically grounded, integrated view of human development.
    • Healing Neen 
      A story of the emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devasting impact of childhood abuse ... and the need to rethink how we treat the shattered adults severely traumatized children become.
    • National Child Traumatic Stress Network 
      The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
    • Signs of Safety 
      The Signs of Safety is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach to child protection casework.
  • Training Databases

    • Adoption Exchange Classes and Trainings 
      The Adoption Exchange offers classes and trainings for families on a wide variey of topics.
    • Adoption Options Training and Education 
      Adoption Options’ REAL Solutions Training Program is committed and dedicated to providing specific, relevant and real-world skills and offer effective solutions to everyday foster care and adoption questions, issues and challenges.
    • Colorado Child Welfare Training System 
      The mission of the Children and Family Training Division is to provide a strength-based, family-centered, competency-based training program for Child Welfare to those who serve children and families in our state.
  • Independent Living/Emancipation

    • 10 Ways to Stop Children from Aging Out of the System 
      Article from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on how to help kids from aging out of the foster care system.
    • Arapahoe/Douglas Counties Youth Works 
      Young Adults - if you aren’t sure whether you should look for a job, finish your education or pursue a higher degree, you should know…you’re NOT ALONE!  Youth in the Works! can help you narrow down your goals and provide you with the resources to make them into a reality!
    • Chafee Program in Douglas County 
      Contact Amy Coy about the Douglas County Chafee Program
    • Chaffee Program in Arapahoe County 
      Email Shawna Hayden for more information on the Arapahoe County Chafee Program.
    • Jefferson County Youth Works 
      The American Job Center (AJC) Youth Services offers numerous free services to individuals, ages 14 to 21, in Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. This is a federally-funded program that helps youth develop job readiness skills and get connected to employment opportunities.
    • Workforce Investment Act 
      The State of Colorado can help you prepare for employment, find and keep a job, and increase your earnings through a federally-funded program called the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
  • Human Trafficking

  • Support Groups

    • Adoption Exchange Colorado Support Groups 
      Support groups serving families living in Colorado who have adopted children from the child welfare system may register for COPARC’s online support group directory.
    • CHCC Friends of Adoptive and Foster Families 
      At Cherry Hills Community Church, we feel Section Communities are a great way for you to start connecting with others and begin experiencing life and fulfilling community together.
    • Colorado State Foster Parent Association 
      CSFPA is a voice for all foster, kinship and adoptive families in Colorado.  We provide key services to these special families by providing education programs, support referrals, and advocacy.
    • Faith-based Support Groups through Project 1.27 
      Having adequate support is essential when fostering or adopting. While there is on-going staff support available to every Project 1.27 family, we encourage you to find local support groups as well.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

    • LGBT Foster Care and Adoption in Colorado 
      Information about fostering or adopting as a member of the LBGT community in Colorado.
    • The Center 
      The Center, which opened in 1976, is focused on fulfilling their mission - to engage, empower, enrich and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado.
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

    ICPC (Interstate Compact for Placement of Children) is an agreement between states for children being placed across state lines. An ICPC is needed when kids are coming from one state to another. The state where the child lives must submit a request to Colorado to start this process. If you are uncertain if this has been done, please contact the child’s Caseworker in the other state. No further actions can be taken by Colorado until the request is received. Please do not register for any training until it is confirmed that a request has been received. If you have ICPC questions, the following are the contact people in your county:

  • Adoption Agencies

    • Adoption Exchange 
      The Adoption Exchange can provide resources for all of your adoption needs.
  • Education

  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

    • Adopt US Kids 
      Information from Adopt US Kids on considerations when fostering or adopting Native American children.
    • Denver Indian Family Resource Center 
      The mission of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center is to strengthen vulnerable American Indian children and families through collaborative and culturally responsive services.
    • National Indian Child Welfare Program 
      The ICWA helps keep American Indian children with American Indian families.