August 2021
SNIPPETS is a mini-newsletter designed to bring COAFCC members streamlined, timely information and support
August Member Spotlight
Profile by Laurie Mactavish
Josh Christian

New Board Member | Techie | Dad Extraordinaire
Josh Christian comes across with enthusiasm, a joy of life, and a true ability to connect people (as validated by his results from the online Personality Lingo Profile).  Close runners-up in his personality traits (in order of leanings) are:  thinker; mover; and planner. 

Born in Florida and raised in Amarillo, Texas until age 8, Josh made his presence known until age 15 in Dallas, Texas before moving to Thornton, Colorado, where he graduated from high school, entering the new millennium in style. He has since lived in Denver and Colorado Springs.

As a former financial and marketing IT consultant in software sales, working with corporations prompted Josh to want to use teachable moments.  The field of therapy met that desire. He also wanted to problem-solve and make paths easier for children. He has three young boys of his own.

If he had a day off, Josh would snowboard, since he hasn’t been able to be ‘carefree’ since his first-born arrived in 2012. What he himself misses most from his days as a child is free time!  When he does have a free hour or two, he is building a dining room table out of 300-year-old wood.

When asked what he would like to learn, Josh quickly responded: “Explosives, because they are awesome!”

Josh’s enthusiasm for his profession, his love of his children and family, and his eagerness to embrace all that life has to offer can’t help but put a smile on your face when in his company.

Welcome, Josh, to the COAFCC Board of Directors!


What is it Good For?

Absolutely EVERYTHING!
Fran Fontana, JD

Regardless of your discipline, whether you are an attorney, mental health professional, mediator, or judicial officer - professionalism is essential to a successful and satisfying career. Yet, there is a tremendous decline in professionalism across those disciplines, especially with those that are dealing with families in the legal process.

What is professionalism? It is made up of integrity, honesty, respectful behavior, tolerance, and patience.  This is not intended to be a formal definition but instead a list of attributes that if embraced, will make for a more professional environment, and dare say, a better process for families.


Mental Health Resources
Community Mental Health Centers: The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council has a great website  where you can put in the county you reside in to find your local community mental health center:


Private Insurance: Go online or call your insurance provider to find an in-network provider in your area


Colorado Crisis Services: If you are struggling with feelings of suicide and not wanting to live you can contact trained mental health professionals 24/7/365 at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255


Sondermind: An online resource that helps individuals find a licensed therapist who accepts a specific insurance and is available to see someone in person or via telehealth.
Joint Statement on Resist/Refusal
AFCC has collaborated with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) on a Draft Joint Statement regarding children’s resistance and refusal of contact with a parent In order to clarify AFCC’s stance and better promote a positive, thoughtful, and inclusive approach to this divisive issue. The Statement has been approved by the AFCC and NCJFCJ Boards of Directors and is here.  The comment period is closed, so look for a final statement coming soon. 
Interested in Becoming a Child and Family Investigator (CFI)?

Those who are interested in becoming a CFI and attending the CFI training in November may file an affidavit from August 1 to August 31, 2021. 

Check out all the details HERE
Committees...committees everywhere!
(Are YOU on one yet?)
Arthur Ashe gives these basic guidelines for volunteering:
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.

Let's see where YOU fit in.

Contact April when you are ready to get started.  She'll set you up.
Other Upcoming Training Opportunities

Sept 23-25, 2021

AFCC-AAML Conference
Washington, DC
September 30, 2021
Wisconsin Chapter Annual Conference:
What to Do When a Child Resists or Rejects a Parent

October 8-10, 2021
Colorado Chapter Annual Fall Conference
November 11-13, 2021
AFCC Fall Conference:
Unmuting the Voices of Children and Families: Can You Hear Me Now?

Cincinnati, OH
FREE AFCC Webinars
AFCC Fall Conference:
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  AFCC's quarterly journal, Family Court Review, is the leading interdisciplinary academic and research journal for family law professionals. Published in cooperation with the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University School of Law. Click here to read an article:

We welcome your feedback and ideas.  Please feel free to reach out to either of the SNIPPETS editors, or the Administrative Assistant, at any time!


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