Adoption Awareness Month

November is Adoption Awareness Month and you can help us celebrate adoptive families and create awareness for adoption in Canada!

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Go green for adoption! 

This November several British Columbia landmarks will "go green" for adoption! They will help us illuminate the message that adoptive families make great families, and over 1,000 kids in government care in BC are still waiting for one. Thank you to the following:

All of November

  • City of Burnaby (corner of Lougheed Hwy and Gaglardi Way)

Friday, November 9

  • BC Parliament Building
  • BC Place
  • City of Port Coquitlam (City Hall)
  • Canada Place

Friday, November 16

  • City of Coquitlam (City Hall, Lafarge Lake Fountains, Pinetree Way Skytrain Pillars)
  • Science World
  • Royal BC Museum

Thank you to the Corporation of the District of Saanich and the City of Burnaby for their proclamations!


Take part in one of many other events across BC that celebrate adoptive families! Have some fun at a family event, learn about the adoption process, and more!

November 6: Courtenay & Campbell River Coffee Group
November 13: Nanaimo Drop-In Coffee Group
November 15: North Okanagan Drop-In Coffee Group
November 16-18: Camp Homewood
November 19: Prince George "Instant Family" Screening
November 20: Parksville & Qualicum Coffee Group
November 21: Surrey Adopt BC Kids Info Session
November 24: Fort St. John "Instant Family" Screening
November 30: Port Alberni Drop-in Coffee Group

Learn more

Throughout Adoption Awareness Month, we're offering all of our on-demand webinars for free! Join us and other adoption experts as we discuss topics related to adoption and fostering such as attachment, success at school, openness, infertility, special needs, and more. Our Adoption & Permanency Learning webinars offer guidance, tips, and resources to help you and your family navigate the many stages of adoption and beyond. Click here to find our free webinars!

Chip in

Help us help kids! We need your help to provide necessary adoption support and education to families and kids in your community. Donate online now!

Share it

Spreading the word about adoption is easier than you think! Help us raise awareness about adoption, adoptive families, and waiting children and youth by reaching out to your community.

  • #FamilyEverybodyNeedsOne. Facebook it, tweet it, instagram it, vine it, pin it - use your social media networks to spread the love! Don't forget to follow us on your favourite social media platform for more ideas.
  • Email it. Put a short message about Adoption Awareness Month in your email signature. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for the latest news about the adoption community that you can pass along to family and friends.
  • Screen it. Borrow a great adoption-related video from our library or buy one of our documentaries that you can screen for your family or friends.
  • Print it. Share our Celebrate Adoption! poster. Click on the link to download the poster, then share it on social media (upload it like you would a photograph). You can also print it out and display it in your community. Help us spread the facts about adoption in BC!
  • Share it. Organize a presentation on adoption or your own story at your work/school/mall/community centre.Ask your workplace/school/church/club/union/rec centre if you can place a short article or small ad about adoption and waiting children in its newsletter or on a bulletin board. We can provide you with an ad or article. Or better yet, use your own personal story—nothing promotes adoption like real family experience!
  • Write it. Send a letter to the editor of a local newspaper or the producer of a radio program/TV talk show and encourage them to cover a story on adoption. Or, thank them for an adoption story they’ve already done.

Get involved

  • Volunteer with AFABC! Share your time with us by helping out with workshops or family events, help other parents by providing peer support or running a support group, lend your skills to our youth group, or just provide general volunteering time! Learn more about volunteering.
  • Becoming an AFABC member is a show of support for the work that we do every day promoting and supporting adoption. Our diverse community of adoptive parents, adoptees, birth families, adoption professionals, and community partners help us make a difference for children and youth. Learn more about membership.
  • Donate to AFABC and help us continue to provide programs and services in your community for families and kids! Your donation also helps us create new programs. Donate online now!

Family events

Celebrate adoptive families by attending one of the many events happening in BC!

Help Us Help Kids

Donate today and help us help the over 1,000 kids in BC waiting for a family.