Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. was incorporated as a 501 C(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization in 1995. HCAF serves as a post adoption resource and advocate for families who have adopted children from other countries or within the United States. The organization accomplishes this by facilitating annual heritage camps that provide culturally relevant experiences and adoption support for both the adopted children and their families. The first camp, Korean Heritage Camp, was held in 1992 with 200 participants. That camp alone has grown to over 600 participants in 28 years. Based on the needs and wishes of other adoptive families in Colorado and around the nation, HCAF has now expanded to offer 9 heritage camps providing family experiences for the following populations:
--Chinese II (a second camp): 2004
--Domestic Adoption Camp: 2011
--Latin American: 1998
--Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian: 2000
--Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Camp: 2017
HCAF is the only organization in Colorado offering these heritage camp experiences, and the only one in the nation that offers 9 separate camps for adoptive families.
The largest camps are Chinese, Indian/Nepalese, Korean, African/Caribbean, and Latin American, ranging in size from 400 to 600 participants. Chinese II, Domestic, Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian, and Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Camps range in size from 200 to 350 participants. These family camps are residential and held at various sites in the Colorado Rockies and along the Front Range.