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We have restarted our Waiting Parents Group Meetings online, to be held on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a themed learning and discussion session for prospective adoptive parents at any stage of their journey, from new applicants to those approved and waiting for a match. 

The former FASD Parenting Group is being renamed: Caring for Children with Complex Needs, and will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of every second month. For 2021, the group meetings will be held in March, May, July, September, and November. This group is for people actively parenting children who joined their family through adoption, permanency, or guardianship, and whose children have FASD or other complex needs. It will be a learning based group with a different theme each session.

Our new group: Peer Networking for Parents is for people actively parenting children through adoption, permanency, or guardianship, who are facing challenging behaviours. It will be a facilitated discussion for parents to talk about what's going on with their families, vent, share experiences, and brainstorm about tools and solutions that might help. This will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month starting October 28. There is no presentation, theme, or learning component in this group, just discussion with like-minded parent who "get it".

Our Family Support Workers are also available to talk via Facebook Chat and the Live Chat feature on our website. 

Virtual support sessions | Online support groups | Online chat

Virtual support sessions / Trainings

Our upcoming evening sessions (advanced registration required)

  • Peer Networking for Parents - If you're currently parenting through adoption, permanency, or guardianship and facing challenging behaviours, join this facilitated discussion for peer networking and support. Thursday, December 9 from 6:30-8pm. Click here to register. 

*our Waiting Parents group will be cancelled in December, but keep an eye out for the next one on January 17, 2022.

Facebook Lives

  • Wednesday, December 15 at 12 noon on Balancing Impulse Control and Holiday Treats: Do you have a child who struggles with impulse control and then overeats when it comes to candy, snacks, and treats? Do holiday baking activities and attending dinner parties become stressful and full of tense moments? Join our panel to hear how other parents balance their child's impulse control in the time of holiday treats. Audience members are welcome to type questions into the chat, which will be answered by our panel. Click here for event information.

Family Events

We are super excited to announce these two events coming up in the new year!

Indigenous Drum Making Workshop for children 5+ on Saturday, Jan 22 at 10am: Register here by January 4 - spaces are limited!

Family Event with Indigenous Puppeteer on Sunday, Feb 6 at 2pm: Register here by December 28.

*We are grateful to the Victoria Foundation's Adoption and Permanency Fund of BC for generous grants to hold these two family events free of charge for our families.

Online Support Groups 

Our online support groups give parents a place to connect through Facebook. All groups offer the opportunity to share experiences, socialize, and build friendships.

All groups are private, require commitments by members to respect confidentiality, and are facilitated by one or more of our Family Support Workers. This ensures that the group stays focused and that confidentiality is respected by all.

Adoption Basics: New to Adoption
This group will be merged into the Waiting Parents group below on Jan 1, 2022. Please join that group instead. 

Adoptive Parents of Indigenous Children
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary Indigenous adoption issues in an atmosphere of confidentiality and support. 

Adoptive Parents of Teens
This group will be archived on Jan 1, 2022. Please join the All Ages group below instead.

All Ages Adoptive Parents
Families with kids of all ages, and all stages are welcome to dive in! This group is open to adoptive and permanency parents from placement onwards. (If you are awaiting a placement, please join the "Waiting Parents" Support group, listed below.)

Families Raising Family
This group will be archived on Jan 1, 2022. Please join the All Ages group above instead.

FASD and Complex Needs Parent Support
All adoptive and permanency parents of children or youth with brain-based disorders are welcome.

LGBTQ2S+ Adoption Support Network
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues in an atmosphere of confidentiality and support. Members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and allies are welcome. 

Single Adoptive Parent Support
This group will be archived on Jan 1, 2022. Please join the All Ages group above instead if you are currently parenting, or the Waiting Parents group below if you are not yet parenting.

Transracial and Intercountry Adoptive Parents
This group will be archived on Jan 1, 2022. Please join the All Ages group above instead.

Waiting Parents Support
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues related to waiting adoptive parents. Anyone who is "considering adoption" all the way to "approved and waiting for a placement" is welcome here.

Online chat

Want to chat online? If the "Live Chat" button on your left is green, click to chat with a Family Support Worker. If the button is grey, you can still click to send us an email and we'll get back to you asap. 

If you prefer talking over Facebook, you can reach us there too!

Coast Fraser regions: Connect with Lucy on Facebook.
Vancouver Island, and Thompson Cariboo regions: Connect with Angie on Facebook.
Interior and Northern BC regions: Connect with Brandi on Facebook.

Further reading: 

Connect with a Family Support Worker.

They provide information and support to adoptive families across BC.

Join a face-to-face support group.

Connect with others and share experiences as adoptive parents.