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Programs and services
We take pride in pioneering new programs and implementing new techniques when it comes to supporting and promoting adoption in Canada.
We take action to create positive change surrounding adoption, but it's a cause that is constantly evolving and changing. We are constantly challenging offensive or discriminatory treatment of adoptive families, such as the ubiquitous "Adopt a Street" or "Adopt an Athlete" campaigns.
We work for better representation of adoptive families in the media. We are active in supporting adoptive parents who are fighting for equal treatment from many employers and the Canadian government. AFABC also supports initiatives like the Adoption Tax Credit and the fight for equalization of treatment of adoptive children by immigration legislation.
Part of our mission is to inform the public about adoption, engage them in conversations about the many ways that adoption shapes our culture and society, and to dispel the myths and stereotypes that surround adoption.
Our website is Canada's number one adoption-related resource, it serves as a starting place for families considering adoption. It also keeps families informed on the issues relating to adoption by providing an up to date resource centre that contains articles, documentaries, books, and downloads.
BC's Waiting Child program
We are a proud province-wide partner of the Ministry of Children and Family Development's Waiting Child program. We take an active role by:
- Running the Waiting Child information line (1-877-ADOPT-07), which provides information about the program.
- Holding information sessions.
- Offering guidance to families considering or who have already adopted through MCFD.
- Holding support groups and family events.
- Raising awareness through media and community engagement campaigns.
- Publishing child profiles in our Focus on Adoption magazine and on our website.
- Finding families for waiting children and youth through our Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters.
Our education program ensures that families gain a solid foundation of knowledge, which helps them make decisions. We offer sessions for prospective adoptive parents, current adoptive parents, foster parents, and adoption professionals. Our programs are delivered in a variety of formats across the province, including information sessions, face-to-face workshops, webinars, and online courses.
Family-to-family support services
We believe in peer support that empowers families to understand and resolve their own challenges. Coordinated and trained by our adoption support coordinators, our peer support volunteers provide AFABC support groups in communities across the province.
Focus on Adoption magazine
Focus on Adoption is our quarterly magazine that provides an experienced and Canadian perspective on current trends and issues in adoption. The only adoption-related magazine in the country, it includes personal adoption stories, advice on adoption issues, news, events, and a celebrations section, which gives parents a chance to tell the world they have had a child join their family, or to mark important family milestones.
Parent Adoption Support Services (PASS)
PASS is an early intervention service designed to ensure the best start for adoptive families. It utilizes a parent-coaching model that identifies the parent-child relationship as the central, most significant dimension in the family's life and the parent as the therapeutic agent for change in their child's life.
Provincial support services
Our provincial support services provide direct support to adoptive families across British Columbia. Made up of a team of adoption support coordinators (ASCs), the program operates in the community by providing information sessions and social activities for our families. ASCs provide one-to-one support services over the phone, online, and in person, and they also coordinate an active team of resource volunteers.
Our resource centre is Canada's largest publicly-accessible collection of adoption-related books, magazines, and videos, which can be borrowed by members, or used in-house by non-members. We also provide a mail-service that sends items to our members who do not live in proximity to our Burnaby office.
Speak-Out Youth programs
Our youth programs offer a place for youth adoptees and youth in or from foster care to be heard and supported, while allowing them to develop program-related skills. The youth programs include our Speak-Out Youth group and the Speak-Out Youth Zone website.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK)
For many of BC's waiting children and youth, a forever family no longer has to be a dream thanks to our Wendy's Wonderful Kids team. A signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Canada, the WWK program focuses on finding potential families within a child's immediate network before moving on to consider families outside of the child's circle.
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Get the facts about adoption
Adopting a child is one of the biggest decisions in life, and it can also be one of the most rewarding.