July 6th 2019
A Letter From Adrienne Elliott, Executive Director
Happy summer!

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying a bit of fresh summer air, a mountain sunset and some down time. We have been actively updating our marketing and outreach materials and growing our social media footprint.  Our updated and targeted marketing collateral is being distributed throughout the state at clinics, hospitals, shelters and county offices. We are enjoying reconnecting with our most common referral sources and finding common purpose and connection with new community partners and supporters.

Did you know that Adoption Options has a strong presence throughout Colorado providing training in adoption literacy and the adoption process for clinics, hospitals, county departments, schools, media professionals, law professionals and a variety of non-profit service providers?  One of the free continuing education training session we provide for nurses and social workers is “Understanding Infant Adoption.”   Through our Speaker’s Bureau series, we offer several additional training sessions, all of which are designed to open the lines of communication when talking about, choosing and supporting adoption.

Since January, our birth parent counselors have provided over 500 of hours of birth parent counseling. Our Infant Adoption and Designated Adoption program placed 13 infants, and our Flexible Families Foster-to-Adopt program placed 17 children with loving families.

Our determination and dedication to build relevant, supportive, and targeted content for ARISE ADOPTION ACADEMY is in full bloom. The ARISE website looks great, is user friendly and almost ready to launch. We were in the studio recording our first of many podcasts and will soon wrap up our first webinar. This quarter we identified and retained our online coaches and will continue to build content in advance of our full launch next quarter.

Finally, I wanted to share my heartfelt appreciation for everyone who attended our Rise & Raise Breakfast event in May. This remarkable event was complete with inspiring speakers, delicious coffee and new connections. A big thank you to all of you who helped make this event successful and helped us to reach our fundraising goal!

We could not do this important work without your continued support!

I look forward to meeting up with you at a future event or training!



Farewell Open House & Send Off

Friday, August 23rd // 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

@ Adoption Options (4th Floor Conference Room)

Please join us in wishing Assistant Director, Lori Devlyn, the best of luck on her new adventures in life. We honor and appreciate the years of devoted work she has poured into the agency.

We welcome all who have known or worked with Lori to share this final moment with us for a few more laughs, great food and drinks!
Paul Honeycutt,
Board of Managers
ARISE Adoption Academy

 Paul brings over 20 years of financial and banking experience to the table where he has served in many positions including executive leadership roles. Most recently he managed Southern California as a retail executive for a large global bank. He strives to create a relaxed and fun approach to building teams and helping clients reach their goals. Coming from a long line of successful entrepreneurs, he is excited about developing and implementing strategic plans to drive the growth of the business. In his free time, you will find Paul cooking, traveling or out in nature hiking and exploring the Western US.
John McHugh,
Board of Managers
ARISE Adoption Academy

John McHugh is a Partner with Reilly Pozner LLP where his practice focuses on civil and complex commercial litigation. John has a significant pro-bono practice focusing on LGBT rights. He has served on the Board of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association for five years, including acting as President in 2018. He also works with the Colorado Lawyers Committee where he sits on the Steering Committee of the Hate Crimes Education Task Force is the Co-Chair of the Anti-Bullying Subcommittee of the Education Task Force. He served on the Young Lawyers Division Board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee from 2016 to 2018. John is originally from rural Idaho and currently lives in Stapleton with his husband, adopted daughter and two dogs.
Molly Plumley,
Board of Directors

Molly Plumley is a Colorado native who values family, loves business and truly knows that children are our future! With backgrounds in menswear, business, theater, mentoring, community service and events, Molly brings a well-rounded perspective to the organization. She also prides herself on her ability to look forward to mitigate unintended consequences, set the groundwork for healthy growth, and collaborate with those around her in the interest of the best possible outcome for all. She and her husband, Rodney, live in Parker, CO with their children, Michael and Eloise and their dog, Parker.
Checkout our Friday Family Features!
Adoption Options is excited to announce a new social media spotlight, "Friday Family Features!" Each Friday, AO shares a photo and link to a family profile of one of our hopeful, waiting adoptive families.

These features are a great way to expose our families to the community and further extend their opportunities for potential match with birth parents.

Be sure to like, comment and share! You can find the features on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Understanding Infant Adoption Training
by Jamie Buttermore
Did you know that Adoption Options, in partnership with Spaulding for Children, provides a free professional development opportunity to hospital based/ affiliated health care professionals across the state? Our Understanding Infant Adoption (UIA) training works in partnership with professionals serving pregnant women, men and teens and identifies and educates health care professional on the many facets of infant adoption. Throughout this training, participants learn more about Colorado adoption law, birth fathers’ rights and responsibilities, counseling teens, social and cultural influences, mindfulness, resource materials and non-directive counseling techniques. 

Adoption Options honors our relationships with local hospitals and we appreciate the opportunity to share our expertise and educate teams of hospital services providers about the infant adoption process. Recently, a team of healthcare professionals at a hospital on the Western Slope completed the UIA training. The information they learned at this training empowered their team to better identify red flags and illegal adoption practices occurring within their community. Adoption Options, through the UIA training, worked with them and helped their team to understand their ethical obligations and to make sure that the birth parents were properly counseled and that all parties involved were aware of their rights during the adoption process.

The Understanding Infant Adoption professional development training continues to grow throughout the state and Adoption Options is proud to champion and provide this informative training to health care professionals in Colorado. 
Carol Lawson
Adoption Caseworker 
Jamie Buttermore
Adoption Caseworker / Birth Parent Counselor
jbuttermore @adoption-options.com
Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer of the Year Award
Adoption Options always encourages our team to go above and beyond in our community. This quarter we are highlighting Jamie Buttermore for her extraordinary volunteer services with Girl Scouts of Colorado, as she recently was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award!

"I volunteer to make a difference in the lives of the girls in my community. Children really are the future and we must nurture every aspect we can."

- Jamie Buttermore, Adoption Caseworker/Birth Parent Counselor

Learn more about Jamie and her work with Girl Scouts here: https://buff.ly/2X8R2qz
Human Rights Campaign
Tier of Recognition: Solid Foundation for Inclusion
Adoption Options was honored with the second-highest tier awarded to agencies by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for 2018-19. At this level agencies have implemented the essential elements of LGBTQ+ inclusion in policies and affirming practices. Benchmarks go beyond basic non-discrimination protections to the policies and practices necessary to actively "roll out the welcome mat" to the LGBTQ+ community. These agencies have also assessed their practices specific to youth and parents to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusion and acted to make these efforts sustainable for long term.
Helping Your Child with Back to School Transitions
By Sarah Olsen

Returning to school after summer vacation can produce all kinds of emotions in your child. Excitement, anxiety, joy and fear are all common reactions to the pending school year! As you support your child in this period of transition, be sensitive to signs of stress. Children don’t usually share their feelings with words. You may notice changes in appetite, sleep patterns or toileting. If your child is typically easygoing and cheerful, he may be acting withdrawn and sad. If she is usually calm, she may seem hyperactive and anxious. If you notice changes or problems with your child’s behavior, there are many things you can do to provide reassurance and a sense of safety. Here are some tips!

  • Discuss changes ahead of time. Talk to your child about what to expect in a new classroom or school. Things you might find obvious may be real questions for your child.

  • If possible, visit the classroom and meet the teacher ahead of time. If not, try to learn about the teacher from the school’s website.

  • Bring an attitude of joyful anticipation. Help your child to choose a new backpack, outfit, or school supplies that will make him or her feel confident on the first day.

  • Read books to prepare. There are many excellent children’s books on this topic, such as All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube. 

  • Remember that it can take time to adjust. Listen to your child if he or she wants to talk. Provide a calm, stable routine at home. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and nutritious food. If anxiety or distress continues to be a problem, talk to the teacher, social worker or psychologist at your child’s school.

  • Be proud of your growing and changing child!
Topgolf Tournament Fundraiser

Sunday, July 21st // 2 p.m. - 5 pm
10601 E Easter Ave, Centennial, CO 80112

Our Topgolf Fundraiser is Sunday, July 21 st and we want everyone there to show us their best golf swings! Not a golfer? No worries, this event is fun for everyone. Event will include three hours of unlimited play, fajita fiesta buffet and drink tickets. Click the link below to purchase your tickets TODAY!
Complimentary Child & Family Photos!

Adoption Options is excited to offer our adoptive families complimentary photos, courtesy of Tia Lorae Storytelling, Good Morrow Photography and Julie Goulding Photography! The sessions will be held at Washington Park on July 16th, July 17th, July 19th, July 20th, August 1st and August 2nd from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. All families must sign and return a photography release to confirm their spot. Only 24 spots available - contact your desired photographer to RSVP!
Tia Lorae Storytelling
Tuesday, July 16th | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17th | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, August 1st | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 2nd | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Good Morrow Photography
Friday, July 19th | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Julie Goulding Photography
Saturday, July 20th | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
AO Annual Family Picnic

Saturday, August 24th // 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.*
*Lunch is served at noon

Maple Grove Park
14600 W. 32nd Ave Golden, CO 80401

Join us for food, games and fun as we celebrate all of our families! Last names beginning with A-S please bring an appetizer to share. Last names beginning with T-Z please bring a dessert. Adoption Options will provide the main dish, drinks and cake. Don't forget to bring chairs & blankets!

Miners Alley Playhouse "Once"

Saturday, September 14 // 1 p.m.

1224 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.

Volunteer at Coors Field!

Adoption Options is teaming up with Coors Field and the Colorado Rockies for a unique volunteer opportunity!

YOU MUST BE 16 years or older to volunteer. This is a great way for high school students to get the necessary volunteer hours needed to graduate. We will partner with Aramark to work at a concession stand for several Rockies games. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend mandatory training. The training is taking place at Coors Field so we can see first hand what the duties will include. After registering for a training, please sign up for the Rockies game(s) that you would like to work.
Become a Monthly Donor

It's easy to become a monthly donor, sponsor or community partner! Your support will forever change the life of a child in need.

Joan Cordo
Director of Fundraising & Development