Colorado State Foster
Parent Association

CSFPA has been supporting foster, kinship and adoptive families in Colorado for over 40 years.

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.

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Virtual Workshop!

Friday, December 11, 2020*

*Rescheduled date

10AM - Noon

"Racial Trauma in Families and Youth"

(Registration deadline is Noon, Thursday, 12/3)

Presented by Erin Cassidy, MA

Join us for our rescheduled December First Friday workshop as we continue our learning and discussion regarding culture, race and ethnicity. This workshop is the fourth in the Cultural Competency series and you don't want to miss it! If you did not attend the first three sessions, that's fine - you may still join us!

In this workshop we will cover:

  • How racial trauma in history, media, communities, healthcare and families uniquely affects young people of color
  • We will discuss the genres of racial trauma that exist, and what we can do as members of communities to combat this trauma and collectively help heal our youth with this very specific type of trauma
  • This session asks participants to consider how they may be complicit in this trauma and how we can actively combat structural racism in child welfare

    Due to the popularity of our previous workshop, we are limiting this workshop to resource parents only: foster, kinship, adoptive parents. If you are a caseworker, you will be moved to wait list and if there is space we will add you to the registration.

    Erin Cassidy is a trainer, presenter and author with a Master’s in Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University, a Bachelor’s in Africana (Black Diaspora) Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a Graduate Professional Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Colorado State University.


    This workshop is 2 hours.

    This workshop is a "virtual" online workshop using Zoom. You will earn 2 hours of educational credit.  Participants MUST have cameras on. No call in participation for this workshop. Certificates delivered post workshop.

    Location: Your device with camera and microphone capability including lap tops, computers, I-pads, mobile phones. No "call in" telephone attendance.  For best results, we recommend lap tops. To receive credit hours, participants must have camera on with face visible.

    Registration: Each person in attendance must actually register. You may add a guest registration to your own registration.

    Cost:  Free of Charge

    Registration is limited and once full we will move to wait list.

    Registration Deadline is Noon, Thursday, December 10.

    Certificates will be awarded following workshop, evaluation submission and via email. Instructions will be provided during the workshop.

    Earn two hours credit in a safe and open environment with other foster/kinship parents!

      Parents with Altitude

      Parents with Altitude is a private Facebook group for foster/kinship parents only.

      It is a great place to ask questions, share experiences, seek advice and support in a safe and confidential environment.

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      Who is CSFPA?

      The Colorado State Foster Parent Association goals:

      • Conduct high quality education programs for foster/kinship parents that address the latest in social, physical/mental health, and developmental needs of children in placement by utilizing multiple mediums in order to truly be inclusive of the foster and kinship parents that CSFPA serves throughout the state;

      • Provide members with resources and benefits that support the entire family throughout placement and into permanency;

      • Advocate for public policy by participating in state, regional and national child welfare committees and task forces that support foster parent related issues, child welfare issues and issues concerning children in placement;

      • Conduct ongoing public relations efforts in order to better educate the community and general public of the needs of foster children and the need for foster parents including foster parent recruitment;

      • Develop strong community partnerships that support the association’s objectives and programs and target population.

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