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What's going on at AFABC?
We have restarted our Waiting Parents Group Meetings online, to be held on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a themed learning and discussion session for prospective adoptive parents at any stage of their journey, from new applicants to those approved and waiting for a match.
The former FASD Parenting Group is being renamed: Caring for Children with Complex Needs, and will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of every second month. For 2021, the group meetings will be held in March, May, July, September, and November. This group is for people actively parenting children who joined their family through adoption, permanency, or guardianship, and whose children have FASD or other complex needs. It will be a learning based group with a different theme each session.
Our new group: Peer Networking for Parents is for people actively parenting children through adoption, permanency, or guardianship, who are facing challenging behaviours. It will be a facilitated discussion for parents to talk about what's going on with their families, vent, share experiences, and brainstorm about tools and solutions that might help. This will be held on the 4th Thursday of every second month starting October 28. There is no presentation, theme, or learning component in this group, just discussion with like-minded parent who "get it".
Our Family Support Workers are also available to talk via Facebook Chat and the Live Chat feature on our website.
Our upcoming evening sessions (advanced registration required):
- Waiting Parents Group - Come join other waiting parents to learn about Transitioning a child from their foster home to your home. Monday, October 18 from 6:30-7:30pm Click here to register.
- Peer Networking for Parents - If you're currently parenting through adoption, permanency, or guardianship and facing challenging behaviours, join this facilitated discussion for peer networking and support. Thursday, October 28 from 6:30-8pm. Click here to register.
- FASD - Trying Differently Rather Than Harder - This free, three-part online workshop is for parents of children affected by FASD or other neurobehavioural conditions. Join us to gain a greater understanding as well as the application of a brain-based approach. Three dates: November 1, 3, and 5 from 6:30-8:30pm Click here to register.
- Caring for Children with Complex Needs - Join our bi-monthly support group meetings for those currently parenting children with FASD and/or other complex needs. This group was formerly known as the FASD Parenting Group. Tuesday, November 9 from 6:30-7:30 Click here to register.
- Waiting Parents Group - Come join to learn, ask questions, and meet other waiting parents! Monday, November 15 from 6:30-7:30pm Click here to register.
- Teachers of Inclusive Education: What Supports are Available for your Child? Wednesday, October 20 at 12 noon. Our next Facebook Live will feature Sarah Brooks, president of Teachers of Inclusive Education who will talk to us about supports available within the public school system in BC. To view, have our Facebook open at noon on Wednesday, October 20: https://www.facebook.com/bcadopt To attend the Post-Live Discussion on Tuesday, October 26 from 7-8pm, where you can ask Sarah questions and discuss with other parents in a smaller group, click here to register.
Keep an eye out for future events!
Our online support groups give parents a place to connect through Facebook. All groups offer the opportunity to share experiences, socialize, and build friendships.
All groups are private, require commitments by members to respect confidentiality, and are facilitated by one or more of our Family Support Workers. This ensures that the group stays focused and that confidentiality is respected by all.
Adoption Basics: New to Adoption
A new group for applicants who haven't yet completed their Adoption Education Program (AEP), as well as for those considering adoption who aren't sure which program to apply to.
Adoptive Parents of Indigenous Children
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary Indigenous adoption issues in an atmosphere of confidentiality and support.
Adoptive Parents of Teens
Join us for lively discussions and support, no matter what age your teen joined your family.
All Ages Adoptive Parents
Families with kids of all ages, and all stages are welcome to dive in! This group is open to adoptive and permanency parents from placement onwards. (If you are awaiting a placement, please join the "Waiting Parents" Support group, listed below.)
Families Raising Family
All kinship family types are welcome, including those formed through kinship care, foster care, guardianship, custom adoption, and/or adoption.
FASD Parent Support
All adoptive and permanency parents of children or youth with brain-based disorders are welcome.
LGBTQ2S+ Adoption Support Network
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues in an atmosphere of confidentiality and support. Members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and allies are welcome.
Single Adoptive Parent Support
Join us as we celebrate single parenthood in this group just for single-parent led families and waiting parents.
Transracial and Intercountry Adoptive Parents
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues related to culture, race, transracial parenting, and intercountry adoption.
Waiting Parents Support
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues related to waiting adoptive parents. Applicants who have completed their AEP (adoption education program) or equivalent pre-adoption training are welcome to join.
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