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AdoptCare Advanced Part 1

This is the first session of a 4-part webinar series for professionals who work with adoptive families. This webinar series is a follow up to the AdoptCare Basics training course, or for those professionals who are already proficient in the basic issues of adoption. If you have not attended the AdoptCare Basics prerequisite class, be sure to watch the video recording before registering for this course. Part 1 of 4.

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AdoptCare Advanced Part 2

This is the second session of a 4-part webinar series for professionals who work with adoptive families. This webinar series is a follow up to the AdoptCare Basics training course, or for those professionals who are already proficient in the basic issues of adoption. If you have not attended the AdoptCare Basics prerequisite class, be sure to watch the video recording before registering for this course. Part 2 of 4.

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AdoptCare Advanced Part 3

This is the third session of a 4-part webinar series for professionals who work with adoptive families. This webinar series is a follow up to the AdoptCare Basics training course, or for those professionals who are already proficient in the basic issues of adoption. If you have not attended the AdoptCare Basics prerequisite class, be sure to watch the video recording before registering for this course. Part 3 of 4.

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AdoptCare Advanced Part 4

This is the fourth session of a 4-part webinar series for professionals who work with adoptive families. This webinar series is a follow up to the AdoptCare Basics training course, or for those professionals who are already proficient in the basic issues of adoption. If you have not attended the AdoptCare Basics prerequisite class, be sure to watch the video recording before registering for this course. Part 4 of 4.

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AdoptCare Advanced Resources

These handouts supplement the AdoptCare Advanced four-part webinar series. 

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AdoptCare Basics Part 1

This resource is intended to help you understand and meet the unique needs of foster and adoptive families and their children. This introductory training is designed to help mental health professionals, social workers, educators, attorneys, and CASA volunteers become more adoption-competent and better able to meet the needs of children who were adopted. Part 1 of 4.

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AdoptCare Basics Part 2

This resource is intended to help you understand and meet the unique needs of foster and adoptive families and their children. This introductory training is designed to help mental health professionals, social workers, educators, attorneys, and CASA volunteers become more adoption-competent and better able to meet the needs of children who were adopted. Part 2 of 4. 

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AdoptCare Basics Part 3

This resource is intended to help you understand and meet the unique needs of foster and adoptive families and their children. This introductory training is designed to help mental health professionals, social workers, educators, attorneys, and CASA volunteers become more adoption-competent and better able to meet the needs of children who were adopted. Part 3 of 4. 

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AdoptCare Basics Part 4

This resource is intended to help you understand and meet the unique needs of foster and adoptive families and their children. This introductory training is designed to help mental health professionals, social workers, educators, attorneys, and CASA volunteers become more adoption-competent and better able to meet the needs of children who were adopted. Part 4 of 4. 

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AdoptCare Basics Resources

These handouts supplement the AdoptCare Basics webinar. 

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Adopting from Foster Care in Colorado

As you begin to think about what type of adoption is the best fit for your family, this video will offer insight into adopting from foster care in Colorado.  We will explore the challenges faced by children placed in foster care and things to consider.  We will discuss becoming a foster parent in the hopes of adopting as well as adopting legally freed children.  In addition, we will provide information about the types of agencies you might consider.

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Adoption Options Orientation

The class will cover the following topics:

  • The Process: things to consider
  • Types of adoption
  • Choosing an agency
  • Application process
  • Home Study or Family Assessment
  • Completing the process
  • Waiting
  • Placement and finalization
  • Paying for your adoption

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Adoption Overview

If you are just beginning your adoption journey, this 15-minute video will help to orient you to the many elements of the adoption process.  We will discuss how to start your adoption process, important steps to take, and things to consider along the way.  You will gain a better understanding of how to choose an agency and the approval process, including the home study.  Please utilize our additional resources regarding adoption available to download from our website.

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Adoption Overview Resources

These handouts supplement the Adoption Overview webinar. 

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Can't vs. Won't

How to determine when an individual with brain injury's behavior is a skill deficit or willful behavior

This webinar discusses the impact of a traumatic brain injury on an individual’s behavior. The webinar explains brain injury in the context of neurodevelopment, how brain injury impacts executive functions, how to identify areas of dysfunction and functions of behaviors, and how to apply interventions.

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Can't vs. Won't: Slides for Download

These presentation slides, available for download, correspond to the Can't vs. Won't webinar. 

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Domestic Infant Adoption and International Adoption

As you begin to think about what type of adoption is the best fit for your family, this video will offer insight regarding domestic infant adoption and adopting internationally.  We will explain the domestic infant adoption process including finding an agency, birth parent relinquishment, openness, costs, and more.  We will provide information about international adoption in general regarding agency selection, costs, and considerations.  Because international adoption is always changing with regard to country regulations and procedures, we are not able to provide detailed information in this video and ensure its accuracy.  If you are particularly interested in international adoption, please download the handouts available on our website and contact us to talk further.

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Domestic Infant Adoption and International Adoption Resources

These handouts supplement the Domestic Infant Adoption and International Adoption webinar. 

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FASD Advanced: Effective Parenting Strategies Part 1

This is an advanced FASD training for individuals who have completed an introductory course or done sufficient independent study regarding the cognitive impact of fetal alcohol exposure in children. This training will include a panel of parent experts who will discuss appropriate interventions for parenting children impacted by FASD.  Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during the registration process that will be incorporated into the training panel discussion.  Eileen Bisgard, J.D., is the President of NOFAS Colorado and an attorney practicing in juvenile court and an adoptive parent of children with FASD. She has been offering trainings on the management of children with FASD for over fifteen years. Part 1 of 2.

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FASD Advanced: Effective Parenting Strategies Part 2

This is an advanced FASD training for individuals who have completed an introductory course or done sufficient independent study regarding the cognitive impact of fetal alcohol exposure in children. This training will include a panel of parent experts who will discuss appropriate interventions for parenting children impacted by FASD.  Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during the registration process that will be incorporated into the training panel discussion.  Eileen Bisgard, J.D., is the President of NOFAS Colorado and an attorney practicing in juvenile court and an adoptive parent of children with FASD. She has been offering trainings on the management of children with FASD for over fifteen years. Part 2 of 2.

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FASD Advanced: Effective Parenting Strategies Resources

These handouts supplement the FASD Advanced: Effective Parenting Strategies two-part webinar series. ​

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: When Good Parenting Doesn't Work Part 1

Presenter Eileen Bisgard, J.D., is the President of NOFAS Colorado and an attorney practicing in juvenile court and an adoptive parent of children with FASD. She has been offering trainings on the management of children with FASD for over fifteen years. Part 1 of 2.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: When Good Parenting Doesn't Work Part 2

Presenter Eileen Bisgard, J.D., is the President of NOFAS Colorado and an attorney practicing in juvenile court and an adoptive parent of children with FASD. She has been offering trainings on the management of children with FASD for over fifteen years. Part 2 of 2.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: When Good Parenting Doesn't Work Resources

These handouts supplement the FASD: When Good Parenting Doesn't Work two-part webinar series. ​

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Foster Care Adoption Orientation

This class is specifically designed for families interested in adopting children from foster care and will cover the following topics:

  • The process including training, paperwork, etc.
  • Information about children who are legally “free” and waiting for adoption.
  • Foster to adopt or legal risk placements.
  • Adopting from foster care outside of your state.
  • Adoption assistance.
  • Interstate Compact.
  • Post-adoption support.

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How Preverbal Trauma Affects Present-Day Regulation

Parenting a child from a hard place is challenging. Many parents find themselves frustrated and wondering, "but I adopted my child as a baby! They don't remember or didn't experience any significant trauma!" This course provides insight to parents and caregivers how traumatic experiences impact the brain from in-utero to age three. It explores the impacts that body memories have on present-day behavior and ways to help the brain heal from a developmental and neuroscience perspective.

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Implicit Bias: How History and Cultural Stories Impact Foster & Adopted Youth Part 1

This three-hour training is to provide the opportunity for participants to begin to understand their foster and adopted children's cultural stories and appreciate how it may influence all aspects of their lives, create their identities, social values, and build or hinder their ability to build essential relationships. The participants will learn how to become culturally aware of self and others; identify barriers that could interrupt relationship development in culturally different families and to recognize the importance of relating to others in a culturally respectful, responsive and sensitive manner. Participants will begin to understand and practice cultural humility, which in turn will help build culturally mindful foster and adopt parents and allow for courageous conversations. Part 1 of 2.

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Implicit Bias: How History and Cultural Stories Impact Foster & Adopted Youth Part 2

This three-hour training is to provide the opportunity for participants to begin to understand their foster and adopted children's cultural stories and appreciate how it may influence all aspects of their lives, create their identities, social values, and build or hinder their ability to build essential relationships. The participants will learn how to become culturally aware of self and others; identify barriers that could interrupt relationship development in culturally different families and to recognize the importance of relating to others in a culturally respectful, responsive and sensitive manner. Participants will begin to understand and practice cultural humility, which in turn will help build culturally mindful foster and adopt parents and allow for courageous conversations. Part 2 of 2.

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Implicit Bias: How History and Cultural Stories Impact Foster & Adopted Youth Resources

These handouts supplement the Implicit Bias: How History and Cultural Stories Impact Foster & Adopted Youth two-part series.

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Kinship Dynamics

Kinship Dynamics

The objective of this training is to identify the emotional and dynamic differences between being a grandparent or other kin raising kin, as well as the unique challenges this population faces in regards to practical and familial aspects. Tools to help achieve stable permanency are discussed. The presentation features a panel of kinship caregivers who offer wisdom accumulated during their caregiving journeys.

About the Presenter:
Gail Engel is a GRANDVoice Member of Generations United, representing Colorado Grandfamilies, the Co-Chair for Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies, member of the Colorado Department of Human Services Family Voice Council, and the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Grand Family Coalition, Inc.

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Navigating Family Connections

This webinar discusses the reasons children placed outside of their birth family seek contact with their birth families.  The course addresses how to compassionately and wisely offer support to children as they navigate birth family connections ranging from healthy and positive to emotionally and physically unsafe. The course is offered by Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker, a licensed psychologist, who is also an adoptee and an adoptive parent. 

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Navigating Family Connections Resources

These handouts supplement the Navigating Family Connections webinar.

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Navigating Special Education

Making sure that your child gets the supports needed to be a successful learner can be overwhelming. If you have a child that requires exceptional services from the public school, there are three different types of support available: the Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), the 504, and the Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this webinar, Roxanne Bradley will describe each of these supports and how to access each one. 

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Navigating Special Education Resources

These handouts supplement the Navigating Special Education webinar. 

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Parenting Teens From Trauma

Parenting teens who have experienced trauma is difficult. In this course we will take a look at not just how their brains have been changed, but what we, as caregivers of adolescents, can do to help our teens develop healthy identities, find healthy role models, learn skills to talk to and help open up our teens, research-based interventions to help meet their needs and teach them how to have their voice heard, and much more. Part 1 of 2.

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Parenting Teens From Trauma

Parenting teens who have experienced trauma is difficult. In this course we will take a look at not just how their brains have been changed, but what we, as caregivers of adolescents, can do to help our teens develop healthy identities, find healthy role models, learn skills to talk to and help open up our teens, research-based interventions to help meet their needs and teach them how to have their voice heard, and much more. Part 2 of 2.

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Parenting Transracially

This course is designed for parents who are currently parenting transracially or who plan on accepting placements transracially. We will dive into the development of racial identity, race relations, talking race and self-image, and so much more. We will be hearing from a transracial adoptee and doctor of psychiatry, Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker. Dr. Wirta-Leiker is a licensed psychologist, transracial adoptee, and transracially adoptive parent who specializes in trauma and adoption counseling and education. She has a passion for supporting adoptees, encourages adoptive parents to engage in this journey, and educating them regarding the best ways to acknowledge and support these unique needs. Learn tips and tricks to raising healthy children in transracially adoptive homes, and find a safe place to discuss race in our culture today. 

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Parenting Transracially Resources

These handouts supplement the Parenting Transracially webinar. ​

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Secondary Trauma

In this 90-minute webinar we will look at why we as caregivers need to understand secondary trauma, what is it, how do we deal with it, and how to avoid burn out.  Participants will learn tips and tricks and begin to process what it means to care for children who have experienced trauma and how this affects them as individuals.

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Secondary Trauma Resources

These handouts supplement the Adoption Overview webinar. 

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Sexual Health and Safety in the Digital Age

This training will equip adult caregivers with the ability to better understand the sexual behavior of children and how to help them develop healthy sexual boundaries. Particularly within a technologically advanced society, children and youth have easy access (sometimes unsolicited) to sexually inappropriate material and are often faced with seemingly unimportant decisions, which can have extreme consequences.

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Sexual Health and Safety in the Digital Age Resources

These handouts supplement the Sexual Health and Safety in the Digital Age webinar. 

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Staying Organized When Your Child has a Specialized Learning Plan

If you have a child who is gifted or/and has a disability and benefits from a specialized learning plan, this training provides steps that you can take to prepare for the school year. The training discusses important documents you need to have available, what you can do to mentally prepare for the school year and actions you can take at the beginning of the school year to help ensure success for your child. 

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The Nuts & Bolts: Parenting for Attachment

This webinar will cover the fundamental principles of attachment theory, concepts related to brain science that can help to inform parenting decisions, and how secure relationships can be developed between children with histories of trauma and their caregivers.

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The Nuts & Bolts: Parenting for Attachment (Part 2)

This is the second part of this training. With participation in "The Nuts & Bolts: Parenting for Attachment," participants will build on concepts covered in the first training:

  • the fundamental principles of attachment theory
  • concepts related to brain science that can help to inform parenting decisions 
  • how secure relationships can be developed between children with histories of trauma and their caregivers

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The Purvis Family Adoption Journey

Meet Amanda, David, Tre, Demetrius, Laila, Noah, and Charli Kate! Learn about their adoption journey along with joys and challenges, healing trauma, essential supports, and advocacy.

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Trauma Informed Care

This webinar focuses on understanding how trauma impacts the body and the brain, how people adapt to trauma and what we can do as providers, parents and community members to support recovery and resiliency. Trauma informed care is an approach to engage people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.

About the Presenter: Denise Rice, MSW, LCSW has been collaborating, training, supporting, and partnering with those in Child Welfare and Mental Health for over 15 years. Whether as a local and national trainer, therapist, consultant, crisis assessment specialist or front-line worker, Denise’s mission is to share the message “There is Always Hope in Healing.” Denise conveys the passion to inspire those who are caring for and supporting “Our Children” through regulation and transitioning into a more peaceful life!

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While You Wait Part 1

While You Wait: Matching, Preparing for Placement, and the 1st 48 Hours a Child is in Your Home is a training course for families who have been approved, but are waiting for placement of a child from the foster care system. In this session, we will discuss how to prepare your home, hearts, family, and support network for your first placement. We will also offer tips and tricks to navigate the matching process. Part 1 of 2.

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While You Wait Part 2

While You Wait: Matching, Preparing for Placement, and the 1st 48 Hours a Child is in Your Home is a training course for families who have been approved, but are waiting for placement of a child from the foster care system. In this session, we will discuss what the first 48-hours of a placement is like. What things are important to concentrate on during this time, and what things you can let slide. Part 2 of 2.

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While You Wait Resources

These handouts supplement the While You Wait two-part webinar series. 

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Working with LGBTQ Youth Part 1

This course, derived from the All Children - All Families training series, will provide adoptive, foster and kinship families and professionals with a deeper understanding of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth today with an emphasis on the three pillars of child welfare: safety, permanency, and well-being. Research demonstrating the over-representation of LGBTQ youth in care as well as disparities they experience -- including higher rates of bias, harassment and violence, as well as a higher likelihood of being placed in congregate care settings -- will be explored. These experiences are brought to life in educational videos written and produced by LGBTQ youth. Participants will practice the skills necessary to provide LGBTQ youth with the care they need and deserve, including talking about topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (SOGIE). Part 1 of 2.

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Working with LGBTQ Youth Part 2

This course, derived from the All Children - All Families training series, will provide adoptive, foster and kinship families and professionals with a deeper understanding of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth today with an emphasis on the three pillars of child welfare: safety, permanency, and well-being. Research demonstrating the over-representation of LGBTQ youth in care as well as disparities they experience -- including higher rates of bias, harassment and violence, as well as a higher likelihood of being placed in congregate care settings -- will be explored. These experiences are brought to life in educational videos written and produced by LGBTQ youth. Participants will practice the skills necessary to provide LGBTQ youth with the care they need and deserve, including talking about topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (SOGIE). Part 2 of 2.

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Working with LGBTQ Youth Resources

These handouts supplement the Working with LGBTQ Youth two-part series.

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