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Creating Community


Camp families value the many cultural community volunteers who share their heritage with children and parents, interacting with camp families. Learn More

Celebrating Adoption


Networking with other adoptive families, sharing experiences, and learning from adoptive parenting experts are key components of the camps. Learn More

Forging Connections


Developing a positive self-​identity in adopted children is ultimately what Heritage Camp is all about.

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2015 Has Been a Great Heritage Camps Year!

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families had another successful, fun-​filled, and action-​packed summer of camps this year! In total, we had 990 adoptive families, 367 volunteer counselors, and 560 presenters/​entertainers attend one (or more in the case of counselors) of our camps this summer! That equates to 4,212 lunches we served, 4,212 name tags we produced, 4,212 t-​shirts we ordered, 4,212 people who shared, learned, and enjoyed their time together, and 4,212 volunteers (yes everyone volunteers at least a portion of time at camp) who made each and every camp happen – we couldn’t have done it without all of YOU! Thank you for a great camp season!

Please click on this link for the 2016 camp dates, location, and the dates registration will open next year. If you are interested in one or more of our camps, and would like to see this year’s camp schedule and/​or list of workshop descriptions for all ages, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be happy to send the information to you directly

Some comments from camp evaluations when asked what was most valuable about the Heritage Camp experience:

  • The most valuable about Heritage Camp to my family is the opportunity to be a part of a family in where we can all connect and share what we are truly passionate about! Best experience ever!”
  • “I love that the camp offers something special for everyone in the family and that the camp is full of families just like ours. I think it is so valuable for our children to see other families like their own.”
  • “As a counselor, adoptee, & camp alum, I know that Heritage Camp is the only place I actually feel like I fit in.”
  • “We already have a high awareness of our daughter’s birth culture. However, camp definitely raises our awareness of the combination of birth and adoption culture and the implications of that.”
  • “The kids have FUN with other kids that look like them and have similar experiences — it is their favorite thing of the year, every year.”

Colorado Gives Day December 8th!

Colorado Gives Day is December 8, 2015! Please mark your calendars to support Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families reach our goal of $40,000 in donations in one day! You can give from anywhere around the world to support HCAF that day! Or…pre-schedule your donation now by clicking RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW! Thank you!

National Recognition – Pam Sweetser/​HCAF Awarded The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute: Angels in Adoption

It is with great pleasure & pride we announce that Pam Sweetser, Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families Executive Director, has been selected as a 2013 winner of the Angel in Adoption™ award by The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) . Pam was chosen for this award by Colorado Senator Michael Bennett.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of safe and loving homes, and to eliminating the barriers that too often hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family. Angels in Adoption, CCAI’s signature public awareness program, provides an opportunity for all Members of the U.S. Congress to honor their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans.

This year’s Angels in Adoption™ program will take place Monday, October 7th, 2013 and culminates in a gala on Wednesday, October 9th in Washington, D.C. This event boasts more Congressional participation than any child welfare event in the nation, with over 140 Members of Congress participating and more than 700 guests in attendance at the gala each year. Watch the Angels in Adoption website for more announcements http://​www​.angelsi​nadop​tion​.org/.

This award reflects the decades of work, tremendous time and ongoing passion Pam dedicates to adoptive families and to Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Please join us in congratulating Pam on this terrific and well-​earned achievement, and share this wonderful news with your friends and family!

Our Mission

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families serves as a post adoption resource and advocate for children and families with diverse heritages.

We accomplish this by facilitating annual heritage camps, which provide culturally relevant and family-​centered experiences for every member of the family.

These camps provide an opportunity to share in a common experience that fulfills a sense of community and individual identity. It is our hope that every adopted child will leave a heritage camp knowing more about who they are and where they came from, and that every member of the family will have a better awareness of and sense of pride in their adopted child’s birth heritage. The camps let children and families relish in being part of a larger group “just like themselves.”

How to Help at Heritage Adoption Camps

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Buy a Gift Card

These Kroger grocery cards are good at stores around the country. Buy a preloaded card for $5 and help Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families receive 5% of every purchase made with your card! You can buy one at the camps this summer, or online today!


Buy a Memory Package

shutterfly-partner-smOur memory package includes all of the photos taken by our team of volunteer coordinators at your camp, including group photos of each child’s age group, plus the Closing Ceremony slide show.