Adoption Monthly September 2019

: Jody Imrie


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Whether it's moving to a new foster home, joining an adoptive home, reuniting with birth family, or transitioning into adulthood, foster and adoptive families experience some of the biggest transitions imaginable. Some experiences, like being adopted into a whole new country with a new culture, language, landscape, and food, are unique to adoption. Others, like back to school season, are more relatable to everyone but have extra layers of complexity.

No matter where you're at in the lifelong journey of adoption, there's comfort in knowing others been there too. Keep reading for stories and tips to help you along the way.

Need more help navigating your family's transtion through the early days of adoption? The PASS program, an in-home early intervention for adoptive families, can help. Learn more about PASS.

Poster advertising Pin-Fam-Jam event

Save the date: PIN-FAM-JAM returns!

PIN-FAM-JAM: Join us at The Lamplighter Public House for our second annual PIN-FAM-JAM fundraiser! 

$20 gets you in the door and includes a free beer and entry into the pinball tournament. Great prizes are up for grabs to the winner!

We’ll be there for happy hour (5pm) onwards, with our internationally ranked pinball tournament starting at 7pm. 

100% of ticket proceeds and silent auction winning bids will go directly to AFABC to support finding forever homes for kids that need them.


Dear teachers and school counsellor
Teach your kids the secrets of school
You know your child. Be an advocate.
Despite advice, mom delays grade 1 for her daughter
My transition from foster care into an adoptive home
When forever comes
Tomorrow is a new day (and other lesson)
Better adoption transitions
Getting acquainted: challenges of early days
Everyone has a story: Meet the Vaillancourts


Occupational Therapy for Adoptive Families: This on-demand webinar explains the ways an Occupational Therapist can help adoptive families, how an OT can help your adoptive child in school, how to find an OT in your area, and how to choose a therapist.


Meet the Calhouns: Carly and John adopted their first child, Cash, as a newborn through a licensed adoption agency. When the family kept growing, Cash became the youngest of six kids. A total of five more siblings joined the family through the Adopt BC Kids program. 

AFABC news

Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth in Adoption and Foster Care: Download our new resource guide and learn how you can help LGBTQ2S+ young people feel safe and supported. Features first-person stories, a list of resources, and a terminology guide.

Cannabis and adoptive homes: The Ministry of Children and Family Development has amended their policy to align with cannabis legalization while also considering the health and safety of the children and youth in government care. Here's what you need to know. gift cards: If you are a youth in or from care, log into your account to earn free gift cards. Earn up to five gift cards when you explore the website and one more when you sign in on your birthday. 
Join the AgedOut team: Apply to become an Connector on Vancouver Island, Kelowna, the Kootenays, or the Kamloops area. Connectors are former youth in care wanting to support their peers. Email Lucie at for the full job description and application details.
Adoption & Permanency Learning

AEP Online Foundations

This program provides prospective adoptive parents with a strong foundation of knowledge for caring for their adopted child. Registration is open for our October and November sessions.

AEP Online Refresher

This program is design for foster parents and previous adopters. Registration is open for our October and November sessions.

Safe Babies Webinar

If you are planning to adopt a baby or toddler, locally or internationally, this course is for you - especially if there is any risk of prenatal exposure.

AFABC events

September 8 [Nanaimo, New Westminster, Victoria] Grandparents' Day Festival & Stroll: More than 13,000 children in BC are being raised full time by their grandparents. Celebrate their love and care at these fun, lively, family events that celebrate all grandparents and kinship caregivers.

September 12 [Victoria] Waiting Parent Coffee Drop-in: Stop by on your way home for a cup of coffee on us! Meet and connect with other waiting parents to share the joys and challenges of being a waiting parent! 

Septemebr 12 [Victoria] Waiting Child FREE Information Session: Come and learn about BC's Waiting Children. There are hundreds of children and youth in BC foster care who are waiting for adoptive families. 

September 20 [Nanaimo] AFABC in Partnership presents Myles Himmelreich for Parents and Caregivers: Myles Himmelreich is a Canadian motivational speaker who inspires audiences and offers insight into his experiences, that include both the challenges and successes that he has faced living with FASD.

September 20 [Nanaimo] AFABC in Partnership presents Myles Himmelreich for Youth: Myles bonds over pizza, shows brain differences and provides insight about his successes and struggles of living life with FASD.

September 26 [Vancouver] Waiting Parents group: It's back to school time and so we'll be talking about how you can prepare yourselves to support your waiting child be successful at school.

September 27 [Burnaby] AKOMA: Join us in our Burnaby office for a three-part workshop on Raising Healthy Black Children in a Changing World, hosted by AKOMA. Don't miss out on the change to hear from an transracial adoptee, an adoptive mom, and a panel of black Vancouverites.

September 27 [Vancouver] PIN-FAM-JAM: Join us at the Lamplighter for our second annual PIN-FAM-JAM fundraiser! 100% of ticket proceeds and silent auction winning bids will go directly to AFABC where all money raised go to supporting finding forever homes for kids that need them.

November 28 [Victoria]: Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviours: Join Kim Barthel to discuss sensory processing intervention strategies to help support children and adults with autism, FASD, and attachment-based challenges. This workshop is free for adoptive parents, foster parents, and MCFD professionals. Contact Janet Christie at to register. 
Community news & events
  • AKOMA: AKOMA is coming back on September 29th! AKOMA provides adoptive children of African heritage with a safe space to engage in mentorship, cultural and play opportunities. As always, $100 up front is greatly appreciated. Alternatively $15 for drop in. Contact Maria Harper at for more information.

  • APTN: B.C youth launches podcast to talk about experiences in the foster care system: Jordon Williams, a former youth in care, is the host of a new podcast called "The Kid Advocate". Hear from Jordan what it was like living in care, and how she hopes to inspire others like herself. 

  • FASD study needs participants: Researchers from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) areare looking for parents who are raising a child/youth with a FASD to participate in a research study. A researcher will come out to the participants' house or meet them at a close public school or institution to do about an hour of fun activities. Participants will recieve a $25 a gift card for their time. Contact Karen Janzen at or (604)619-9488  for more information. 

  • Heart-Mind 2019: The Art and Science of Calm: This one-day conference features the latest science and practice related to cultivating calm and balance in the lives of children and youth at home, in school, and in the community. 

  • Home for Every Child: PIT STOP - Men's Retreat: Join the Men's Retreat to recharge and refuel with other adoptive and foster dads.

  • Strategies schools can use to become more trauma-informed: Learn how you can help your child's school take on a trauma informed approach this year. 

  • Representative for Children and Youth (RCY): Adoption & Permanency Options Update: View RCY's lastest update for the B.C. Adoption & Permanency Options report, complete with new adoption targets and statistics. 

  • The Georgia Straight: Former youth in care celebrate and boost awareness about challenges of aging out of the system: Aging out is a terrifying experience, many youth in care will face. Hear directly from youths aging out what they will experience.

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