Celebrating 40 Years of Family

A small group of parents came together around a kitchen table in 1977 to share ideas, information, and resources about adoption. Back then, adoption was a subject that was "kept quiet," and these parents needed to connect, share their personal stories, and acknowledge that though adoption had its challenges, it was worth it! They knew that other parents also needed the resources and support they had desperately needed. That small group of parents came together to form the Adoptive Families Association of BC.

Forty years later, adoption has changed. Being an adoptive family is nothing to hide, and adoption is now available to anyone regardless of age, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Openness with birth family is now the norm, and adopted children are connecting with their birth cultures. And though the recognition of adoptive families has improved, they continue to advocate for equal recognition for themselves and for their children.

What hasn't changed, is that families still connect with each other for information, support, and resources. And AFABC is still here, 40 years later, to help.

Please join us we celebrate 40 years of family.

Anniversary events

Stay tuned for more events!

Kamloops Family Fun Day

Over 80 children and parents came out to our Kamloops celebration on Saturday, March 4. There was a bouncy castle, magician, face painting, Lego table, Nerf wars, and a big birthday cake.

Big thanks to Insight Support Services for partnering with us to do this event! Thanks also to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Safeway, Save on Foods, and Costco for their support.

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Dianna Mortensen (AFABC), Cindy Chretien (MCFD), Deb Hubric (Insight), and Sarah Gibson (AFABC)