Community groups

There are many other organizations in BC that also serve adoptive families. The following organizations and support groups operate outside of the AFABC umbrella. As such, we may not always agree on content or practices. Please choose and enjoy these groups at your own discretion.

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Adoptive Parents of Persons with FASD
Regular networking meetings for adoptive parents of persons with diagnosed or suspected FASD. Includes guest speakers and theme nights.
Location: Lower Mainland
Contact: Tanya Loretto info@appfasd.org 604-266-1220 or Eleanor McKechnie 604-671-7070
Website: www.appfasd.org

Akoma Ntoaso Mentoring Group
For families parenting children of African heritage. New teen and young adult mentors of African heritage always welcome. Meets in Burnaby.
Contact: Catherine at Misscatti@yahoo.com.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/akomavancouver/

Aldergrove FASD Support Group
For parents who have children with FASD. Meets monthly. Contact Jami Dash at 604-530-5917.

The Asante Centre
Offers assessment, diagnostic and family support services based on a multidisciplinary team approach for children, youth and adults suspected of living with FASD, ASD and other brain-based disabilities.
Contact: 604-467-7101, 1-866-327-7101, or info@asantecentre.org.
Website: www.asantecentre.org

Asian Adult Adoptees of British Columbia
A group that serves to create a community for adult adoptees, offer education for adoptive parents, and provide cultural opportunities for the next generation of adoptees to connect with their history.
Contact: Myla Choi at Yeomans-Routledgepresident.aaabc@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243207382743852/

Autism Support Group  
Offered through the Family Support Program
Date: First Monday of every month.
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: Child Development Centre, Quesnel
Contact: Carla 250-992-2481

Autism Support Group
Meets in Kelowna.
Contact: Dayna at drobertson@toast.net

BC Council for Families
Provides family education programs and resources that help families grow stronger and more resilient.
Contact: 604-678-8884 or bccf@bccf.ca
Website: www.bccf.ca

BC Federation of Foster Parents Associations
Aims to bring together foster parents, social workers and other interested people working to improve the standard of care for children in our province.
Contact: 604-466-7487, 1-800-663-9999, or office@bcfosterparents.ca.
Website: www.bcfosterparents.ca

Birth Mother Support Group
Lower Mainland birth parent support.
Contact: Family Services of Greater Vancouver at 604-736-7613.

The C.R.E.W.: Courageous Respectful Energy Warriors
If you are a young man aged 16 to 26 who is having difficulty finding inclusive social activities, you may want to consider The C.R.E.W. Inclusive Social & Learning Group. Meets in Surrey.
Contact: Sarah at 604-320-1960 (daytime), 604-613-2879 (cell), or sarah.phillips@shaw.ca.

Families With Children From China BC - FCC BC
Welcomes adoptive families with children from China and families waiting to adopt from China. Education, peer support for parents and children, and cultural events. Newsletter twice yearly. Free introductory membership.
Contact: The North: Robin at 250-962-2923 or Christine at 250-962-8645. Victoria: Katherine at 250-478-5613. Central/Upper Vancouver Island: Eleanor at 250-468-7977. Vancouver: Sheila at sheilakirkby@gmail.com or 604-739-4495.
Website: www.fccbc.ca

Family Thais
For families with children from Thailand.
Contact: Andy and Jolie at jolie@asap.bc.ca.

FASD Parent Support
Offers support, information, education, and advocacy for parents/caregivers of children who are living with FASD or similar conditions. Meets in Prince George.
Contact: Kelly at 250-561-2689 ext 28 or kelly@nfhs-pg.org.

Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents
Provides support that meets the unique needs of caregivers of Aboriginal children, and the needs of communities for targeted development, recruitment, and training of Aboriginal foster families.
Contact: 604-291-7091 or info@fafp.ca
Website: www.fafp.ca

Find Support BC
A database run by the Family Support Institute of BC that connects families of persons with disabilities with resources available to them.
Website: http://findsupportbc.com/

Forget Me Not Family Society
Education, peer counseling and support to all those touched by adoption. Now meeting regularly in three locations across BC. 
Contact: Cloverdale: Marnie at marnietetz@shaw.ca or 604-828-9577. New Westminster: Nancy Kato at katosan@telus.net or 604-777-2920. Kamloops: Bernadette Rymer bjrymer@telus.net or 250-453-2360.
Website: www.adoptioncircles.net

Fraser Valley African Heritage Playgroup 
All families parenting children of African heritage are welcome. Group meets regularly for playgroups and mentoring opportunities.
Contact: Sharon slakorn@telus.net or 604-795-9568.

Guatemalan Rainbow
For families who have adopted from Guatemala.
Contact: Jeanette Savard at jsavard@nrp@telus.net or 604-985-0052

Hearts for Adoption Support Group
Waiting families, adoptive families and wondering families/individuals are welcome to join us for adoption stories, resources, and snacks! Meets regularly.
Location: Fort St. John
Contact: Joel or Gigi 250-787-7559 or Evangel Chapel 250-785-3386.

Hearts for Hope - Infertility and Miscarriage Support Group
Christian support group based in Abbotsford. Anyone touched by infertility or pregnancy loss welcome. Meets monthly. 
Contact: heartsofhope.abby@gmail.com or visit http://heartsofhopegroup.wix.com/supportgroup#!meetings/cx3

Indigenous Caregivers of BC
Indigenous Caregivers of BC was formed to meet the unique needs of caregivers of Indigenous children, and the needs of communities for targeted development, recruitment, and training of Indigenous caregiver families.
Contact: 1-844-391-0007 ext 229
Website: http://fostercaregiversbc.ca/

Indigenous Perspectives Society
IPS is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise organization that strengthens the voice of Indigenous communities through education and professional development. Their training programs help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences.
Contact: info@ipsociety.ca or 250-391-0007
Website: ipsociety.ca

Japan Adoption Playgroup
For families who have adopted children of Japanese heritage.
Contact: Lisa at krieger@encoreartgroup.com.

Métis Nation British Columbia
Métis Nation British Columbia develops and enhances opportunities for our Métis Chartered Communities and Métis people in British Columbia by providing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.
Contact: Toll free at 1-800-940-1150 or reception@mnbc.ca
Website: http://www.mnbc.ca/

Okanagan Families with Children from Africa
Welcomes families with children of African heritage through adoption or birth, as well as prospective families.
Contact: Arnica at okanaganfca@gmail.com.
Website: www.okanaganfamilieswithchildrenfromafrica.wordpress.com

Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Telephone support for women, and their families, who are experiencing depression/anxiety/adjustment during prenancy and/or after the birth or adoption of a child. Trained facilitators lead groups for mothers, offer lectures and training programs for interested groups and professionals. Serves the lower mainland with groups in Delta, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
Contact: 604-255-7999
Website: www.postpartum.org

Parent Support Services Society of BC
Province-wide free, confidential, weekly meetings for parents and caregivers.
Contact: 1-877-345-9777 or office@parentsupportbc.ca
Website: www.parentsupportbc.ca

Raising Uniquely Wired Children
This group is for parents of children of all ages with any kind of neurological deficit. It encompasses all children under the FASD umbrella or other brain-related diagnoses. Support and resources include guest
speakers.
Date: Second Monday of the month.
Time: 12:30 – 2pm
Location: Quesnel Child Care Resource and Referral Office, 469 A Anderson Drive
Contact: Lindsay Walker 250-992-2759 ext 232. Lindsay is the Parenting Wisely Facilitator / Family Support Worker AXIS Family Resources.

Russian Consultants and Adoption Support
For families who have adopted from or are interested in adopting from Russia.
Contact: Karen at 604-467-3586 or Sharon at 604-462-7563

Totally Beautiful Inclusive Social & Learning Group
If you are a young woman aged 16 to 24 having difficulty finding inclusive social activities you may want to consider the Totally Beautiful Inclusive Social & Learning Group. Meets in Surrey.
Contact: Sarah at 604-320-1960 (daytime), 604-613-2879 (cell), or sarah.phillips@shaw.ca.

Transracial Adoptive Parents Meet Up
West side Vancouver meet up for transracial adoptive and waiting parents. 
Contact: Harriet at h.fancott@gmail.com.

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society
A non-profit society with services to urban Aboriginal children and families living in the Greater Vancouver area.
Contact: 604-872-6723
Website: www.vacfss.com

The Vietnam Connection
For children of Vietnamese heritage and their families. Waiting/prospective adoptive parents welcome.
Contact: Susan McKenzie at 604-922-8031 or susan.mckenzie@telus.net

We Are Adopted
Offers peer support meetings, counselling and advocacy services, guest speakers, panels, and whatever other resources the community wants or needs. If you are an adopted person you are welcome to share your thoughts and ideas and take advantage of the resources we offer. (Formerly the Adoptees Association).
Date: Meets monthly, except July and August
Location: Lower Mainland
Contact: Catherine 604-805-0546
Website: adoptionreunion.ca

Canada

Adoption Council of Ontario
Provides outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parents, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario.
Contact: 416-482-0021, 1-877-ADOPT-20, or info@adoption.on.ca.
Website: www.adoption.on.ca

Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan
Provides information and support for families in Saskatchewan.
Contact: 306-665-7272, 1-866-869-2727, or support@adoptionsask.org.
Website: www.adoptionsask.org

Alberta Foster Parent Association
Provides support to foster families, advocates for the rights of children, educates the community about foster care, provides and arranges for training and social gatherings, and serves as a liaison between foster families and Alberta Children & Youth Services.
Contact: 780-429-9923 or 1-800-667-2372
Website: www.afpaonline.com

Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti (CFCH)
An interdenominational Christian organization serving Haitian children in Haiti and in Canada. It has a sponsorship program and provides information and support to families.
Contact: Gail 604-576-8308
Website: www.cfchcanada.ca

Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents
Represents Foster Parents providing quality care for Aboriginal children in a nurturing, culturally appropriate environment.
Contact: 604-291-7091, 1-866-291-7091, or info@fafp.ca.
Website: www.fafp.ca

Manitoba Foster Family Network
Focuses on grassroots community development opportunities to enhance the lives of foster families.
Contact: 204-940-1280, 1-86-458-5650, or manfost@mffn.ca.
Website: www.mffn.ca

New Brunswick Adoption Foundation
Provides the private sector, community groups and individuals a vehicle to promote the adoption of children in the permanent care of the Minister of Social Development.
Contact: 506-832-0676 or nbadopt@nbnet.nb.ca.
Website: www.nbadoption.ca

Origins Canada
A volunteer-run non-profit organization serving people across Canada who have been separated from family members by adoption.
Contact: 416-400-5730 or originscanada@gmail.com.
www.originscanada.org

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia
If you are experiencing stress or problems that seem overwhelming or that you don't know how to handle, don't ignore it. There are services in your community that can help.
Contact: Province-wide: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). TTY: 1-866-872-0113. Greater Vancouver: 604-872-3311. Sunshine Coast: 1-866-661-3311.
Website: www.crisiscentre.bc.ca

Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Telephone support for women, and their families, who are experiencing depression/anxiety/adjustment during prenancy and/or after the birth or adoption of a child. Trained facilitators lead groups for mothers, offer lectures and training programs for interested groups and professionals. Serves the lower mainland with groups in Delta, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
Contact: 604-255-7999
Website: www.postpartum.org

Parent Support Services Society of BC
Province-wide free, confidential, weekly meetings for parents and caregivers.
Contact: 1-877-345-9777
Website: www.parentsupportbc.ca

SafeKids
Child abuse prevention.
Contact: 604-310-1234
Website: www.safekidsbc.ca

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