Constitution

Due to new Societies Act legislation brought in by the Government of BC, AFABC is required to make a number of changes to our Constitution and Bylaws. These new Constitution and Bylaws have been distributed to all members and will be presented for ratification at the Annual General Meeting on June 10, 2017.

 

2017 Proposed Constitution

  1. The name of the Society is Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia.
  2. The purposes of the Society are:
  3. To find adoptive homes for waiting children by offering a toll-free telephone service and publishing and distributing material on adoption.
    1. To offer individual and group counselling to adopted persons for the purpose of assisting with adoption or adoption related issues.
    2. To provide counselling to prospective and adoptive families with ongoing issues related to the raising of adopted children with special needs by carrying out activities, such as offering referral services, one-to-one and group support.
    3. To provide conferences, workshops, presentations, a newsletter (and related printed material) and a website on adoption-related issues, for the purpose of providing families, professionals, and the greater community with ongoing opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills as they relate to the raising of adopted children and increase the potential success of adoptive families.
    4. To undertake research, independently or in partnership with other registered charities and not-for-profit organizations and institutions, on adoption-related issues (attachment, preparation and postplacement supports, transracial adoption) for the purpose of expanding the collective knowledge base on adoption.
    5. To provide the community at large with a library which includes a collection of adoption and adoption-related books, audio, videotapes, and resource materials, for the purpose of providing access to a centralized source of these same educational materials.
    6. To provide and train a network of community-based volunteers, such as: community resource volunteers, support group leaders, chapter organizers, buddy parents, panel speakers, committee and board members to assist the Society, other registered charities and not-for-profit organizations in the planning and implementation of their objectives.
    7. To operate a not-for-profit bookstore selling adoption and adoption-related books, audio/video tapes and other related items for the purpose of providing access to a centralized source of these same items.
    8. To collect and raise funds, to apply for grants, to accept gifts and bequests, and to collect monies by way of fees, donations, projects, fundraising and related business activities to further the objectives of the Society.
    9. To operate exclusively for charitable purposes.

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