Adoption Awareness Month

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

This month offers us a special opportunity to celebrate, promote, educate, advocate for, and create dialogue about adoption. It also gives us the chance to raise awareness for the over 1,000 kids in government care in BC who are waiting for their forever families.

Join in | Chip in | Promote it | Kick it | Get involved

Join in

Take part in one of the many events across BC that celebrate adoptive families! Have some fun at a family event, learn about the adoption process, beef up your parenting toolbox at an education session, and more!


November 5th - 16th Annual Burnaby Family Fun Day
November 9th - Vancouver City Hall and Canada Place Light Up for Adoption
November 10th - BC Place Light Up for Adoption
November 17th - Chilliwack Adoption Awareness Month Pizza Night
November 19th - Okanagan Adoption Awareness Month Celebration

Free Webinars

Throughout Adoption Awareness Month, we're offering webinars for free! Browse for informative and educational on-demand webinars on topics relating to all stages of your adoption and foster journey. Click here for more!


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!

Promote 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.

  • Share our brand new 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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!
  • Share it. Organize a presentation on adoption or your own story at your work/school/mall/community centre.
  • 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.

Kick it

Share our Kicking it for Adoption Awareness Month video, featuring adoptees Christian Dean and Kekutah Manneh from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC!

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.