education & classes -faq
Mission The Adoption Exchange Education Center is a national training resource for professionals to increase adoptions of children and to support the safety, permanency and well being of foster and adoptive families.
For more information or questions contact the National Education Center at 303-755-4756 or
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of classes/trainings do you offer?
Through COPARC (Colorado Post Adoption Resource Center), some of the current classes for parents and professionals are:
Supporting Your Grieving Adopted Child
In addition, COPARC offer classes for professionals that include:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: When Good Parenting Doesn’t Work
Parenting the Traumatized Adopted Child
Navigating the Public School System: Advocating for your Adopted Child with Special Educational Needs
Helping Adopted Children with Attachment Needs
Techniques to Enhance Adoptive Family Attachment
Will I Survive? Parenting Adopted Teens
Do I Belong Here? Transracial Adoption
The Brain…and Trauma
Sexual Behavior in Children: Common behaviors, worrisome behaviors,
and intervention strategies
The Nuts and Bolts of Attachment
Heart to Heart Respite Connection: Respite Care Training for Adoptive
Families and those who support them
Click here for more detail on each of these classes or contact COPARC Education Coordinator at 303-755-4756.
All classes are 3 hours except for Respite Care which is an all day training. (all day training)
Family Diversity in Education: Foster Care, Kinship Care and Adoption in Schools
There may be additional classes scheduled based on requests from Counties or States. Some of these may include:
AdoptCare: Understanding and Meeting the Unique Needs of Foster and Adoptive Families and Their Children
AdoptCare Advanced: Continuing to Meet the Unique Needs of Foster and Adoptive Families
Click here for more detail on each of these classes.
Permanent Connections for Teens, Placement Stability for Teens, Lifebooks - Preserving their Past, Capturing their Present and Enhancing their Future (available outside of CO only) or Adoption trainings in collaboration with the Adoptive Families Program. Classes include: Infant Adoption, Lifelong Issues in Adoption, Trauma, Transracial Adoption, and Post Adoption Resources.
Where do I go to find out what classes/ trainings are currently scheduled?
The first place to look for current or upcoming classes is our website http://www.adoptex.org/. The classes will be posted on the Education Center or home web pages under Class Calendar. You can also check for classes in each of the state links.
Trainings and classes that are affiliated with COPARC will be listed at http://www.adoptex.org/ in their education section.
You can contact COPARC Education Coordinator at (303) 755-4756 for more information or to register.
For any questions on classes or trainings sponsored by The Adoption Exchange, contact Pat Cody by calling (303) 755-4756.
Where are the classes/trainings located?
All over the state of Colorado.
If you are interested in having a class scheduled in your area, contact Pat Cody at (303)755-4756.
Why did you schedule a COPARC class in that town?
COPARC covers the entire state of Colorado. We have 3 specific regions: Central, Northeast and Northwest/South. Each year we schedule 9 classes for families who have adopted children from child welfare; each region holds 3 classes. Classes are decided by considering the requests we get from local County Department of Social Services staff, Support Groups, Resource Coordinators, and direct e-mails or inquiries from families. If there is a class you would like to see in your town, please contact your Resource Coordinator or e-mail the Education Coordinator
What are the fees?
The grant that funds COPARC classes specifically states that we are to provide free educational services to families who have finalized adoptions from child welfare. We understand that the topics we cover may also benefit foster families as well as child welfare and mental health professionals, and we welcome these individuals to attend. However, our budget is unable to provide free education to all and we must ask these attendees to cover their materials costs. We try to keep our class fee to $5.00 per class, so that we remain affordable.
Additional training classes that may be offered through the Education Center may or may not have fees associated with them. Check the website or accompanying class flyer for fee details.
Why do some people have to pay for COPARC classes?
The state grant that funds COPARC very specifically states that we are to provide free educational services to families who have finalized adoptions from child welfare. We understand that the topics we cover may also benefit families who have adopted internationally or domestically (non-child welfare) and foster families as well as child welfare and mental health professionals, and we welcome these individuals to attend. However, our budget is unable to provide free education to all and we must ask these attendees to cover their materials costs. We try to keep our class fee to $5.00 per class, so that we remain affordable. Click here to learn more about the classes or here for the current schedule.
How do I get a class/training in my area?
If you are interested in having a class scheduled in your area or learning about other training opportunities through the Education Center, contact Pat Cody by email or (303)755-4756, ext. 264.
If there is a COPARC class you would like to see in your town, please contact your Resource Coordinator or e-mail the Education Coordinator directly.
Who do I contact if I would like more information on becoming a contract trainer for the Education Center?
To discuss contract training opportunities with the Education Center, please contact Pat Cody by email or at (303) 755-4756 ext 200.
What should I do if I want to be notified about upcoming classes/trainings that will be scheduled in my area?
The best way to ensure that you will be notified about upcoming trainings is to register with The Adoption Exchange on our website here. We frequently email flyers about upcoming trainings. Additionally, it is helpful to check the website regularly for any updates on classes or events.