August 3 – 6, 2017 in Denver, CO at Regis University
2017 Camp Directors: Jennifer Brooks & Margaret Walsh
HCAF presents the seventh year of Domestic Adoption Camp for adoptive families!
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER.…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
Join us for Domestic Adoption Camp to be held in 2017 at Regis University in Denver. We welcome families built by domestic adoption, foster care, and kinship. It will be a wonderful weekend in celebration of our adoptive families!
EVERY adopted child comes with a heritage, a background, and an identity that is not the exact same as their adoptive parents. In the 25 years we have been providing Heritage Camps, we have found this difference to be a true gift for families, and one that should be celebrated and explored together. Without question, this camp has revealed how important recognizing and finding ways to talk about and celebrate adoption is vital for adoptive families. As one parent put it, “The impact this camp had on my son was watching him interact with the other kids as if they’d always been best friends, and to see him getting more comfortable with what it means to be adopted.”
It is often said, “How can you know where you are going if you don’t know where you came from?” The mission of Domestic Adoption Camp is to provide an unprecedented place for families to learn, share, gain support, and celebrate adoption with each other. As one of our parents planning camp recently said, “My daughter has talked about this camp ever since it ended last year. Somehow, she just knew it was a good feeling being there.” There is no greater gift parents can give their children than the opportunity to discover who they really are, and to celebrate in that discovery with them.
We are in the exciting planning stages forDAC 2017 ! Our camp theme this year is “Family Tree: Mighty Strong”
The concept of a family tree is so central to family life. While family trees are an important source of interest and pride in most families, they can be somewhat challenging to navigate for adoptees and adoptive families. We will examine that issue together in the camp environment to assist each other in addressing it. A favorite inspirational poem entitled, “The Mighty Oak Tree,” has been chosen to convey the fortitude of our families. We, as individual family units and as a wider adoption community, are “mighty strong” in triumphing over any and all trials we may face. You can read the poem here http://www.ellenbailey.com/poems/ellen_143.htm
The messages of family fortitude and triumph over trial will be incorporated into camp programming. Along with the overarching tree theme, we will have plant and gardening sub themes, including growth, deep roots, weathering storms, blooming where you’re planted, and being strong & connected together. We are hoping to get campers of all ages outside among some plants and getting their hands in some dirt!
Mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer! Watch this site for updates in the new year about our guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are confirmed.
Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance to attend camp. We also are continuing the “Plus One” program this year. Any family (new or previous attendee) who informs another family about our camp, and gets them to register and attend this summer, will receive a gift certificate to our market! So come join us, and bring a friend!
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