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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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Meet Our Staff


Karen Melusky, Pam Sweetser, and Patty Quinn at our 2010 More Than You and Me Gala

Pam Sweetser, Founder and Executive Director

Pam and her husband Dan are the adoptive parents of two children, a daughter who was born in Korea in 1986 and a son who was born in India in 1989. Her children catapulted Pam into life and career interests she never imagined. Pam’s position as Executive Director has evolved over the past 20 years as she was a volunteer Executive Director for the first 7 years, then the only part-​time paid staff person, then a full-​time paid position, and finally to overseeing with the Board of Directors the addition of two more part-​time paid staff. Pam and Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families have been the recipient of the Minoru Yasui Volunteer Service Award, Asian Education Advisory Council Community Service Award, Channel 7 Everyday Hero, Asian Pacific Bar Association Minoru Yasui Community Award, and the Korean American Coalition of the U.S., Bridge Builder Award Pam has been appointed to the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission, and is on the capital campaign committee of the Asian Pacific Development Center. This “labor of love” at Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has truly become a life’s work for Pam, one that never would have happened without her own wonderful children.

Karen Melusky, Administrative Manager

Karen is the adoptive parent of two children, a son born in Vietnam, and a daughter born in Korea. She and her husband Mike, and their children have been attending heritage camps for 11 years. She was the Vietnamese Heritage Camp volunteer director for 4 years. In her position as Administrative Manager for Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Karen manages and controls the heritage camp inventory, database system, camp evaluations and surveys, and supports the volunteer coordinators in their camp preparations. Karen is a true believer in the heritage camp experience for her own children, and for so many others. In her spare time, Karen is the treasurer of the PTSA of Dry Creek Elementary where her children attend, has taught Sunday School at First Universalist Church in Denver, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Patty Quinn, Program Manager

Patty is an adoptive parent of two children adopted from China in 1992 & 1994. She and her husband Ed have been attending Chinese Heritage Camp since September 1998. Patty co-​directed the first Chinese Heritage Camp & continued as co-​director for 5 years. She then acted for 2 years as Chinese Community liaison. Patty heavily supports the local Chinese community and served on the Operating Committee for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival and was the Finance Committee Chair from 20002008. Patty’s responsibilities for HCAF include director support, and preparing reports which support the camp directors, and their coordinators. In her position as Program Director, Patty manages the registration data base and corresponds with the camp volunteer staff as well as the various community members & the camp families. She supports all that HCAF represents & her children have been heritage camp campers for the past 12 years. In addition to being campers, her daughters have been counselors for the past 3 years & will continue to do so for years to come. Patty and her husband are grateful for all that heritage camps have brought to their children’s lives, and to their own.

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.