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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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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.
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. Offices in Maple Ridge and Surrey.
Contact: 604-467-7101, 1-866-327-7101, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian Adult Adoptees of British Columbia
See Asian Adoptees of Canada.
BC Council for Families
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 email@example.com.
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. Free membership for adult adoptees.
Contact: Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-739-4495.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Forget Me Not Family Society
Education, peer counseling and support to all those touched by adoption. Now meeting regularly in three locations across BC.
Cloverdale: Marnie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-828-9577.
New Westminster: Nancy Kato at email@example.com or 604-777-2920.
Kamloops: Bernadette Rymer firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-453-2360.
Fraser Valley African Heritage Playgroup
All families parenting children of African heritage are welcome. Group meets regularly for playgroups and mentoring opportunities.
Contact: Sharon email@example.com or 604-795-9568.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-391-0007
Kurati - Connecting Transracial Families in the Fraser Valley
A monthly get together for transracial families in the Fraser Valley! Biological and adoptive - feel free to join if you're outside of the Fraser Valley area, just know that meetings will be held in the Surrey/Langley/Aldergrove area.
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 email@example.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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan
Provides information and support for families in Saskatchewan.
Contact: 306-665-7272, 1-866-869-2727, or email@example.com.
Ontario's adoptive parents association.
Alberta Foster and Kinship 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
Asian Adoptees of Canada
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.
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
Kinship and Foster Family Network of Manitoba
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A volunteer-run non-profit organization serving people across Canada who have been separated from family members by adoption.
Contact: 416-400-5730 or email@example.com.
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.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Telephone support for women, and their families, who are experiencing depression/anxiety/adjustment during pregnancy 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.
Parent Support Services Society of BC
Province-wide free, confidential, weekly meetings for parents and caregivers.
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