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Each year, nearly 100 face-to-face support groups are hosted across the province. Some groups have an educational focus while others emphasize the value of connecting adoptive parents who share similar experiences. There are also play groups for children and parents, and groups for youth to support them making decisions around permanency planning.

We also offer online groups that bring together families facing unique circumstances or challenges, or that connect those in remote locations.

Your family support worker can also help you find the support you need. 
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Vancouver Island | Lower Mainland and Coast | Interior | North | Online

Vancouver Island

Victoria Waiting Parents Drop-In

Pop by on your way home from work for a cup of coffee on us! Meet the Family Support Worker for the South Island and connect with other waiting parents. Please contact Correen Coons at ccoons@bcadoption.com or 250-507-0716 or visit our events page to register.

Courtney Adoption Support Group
Join us once a month for this parent support group. For location and times, please contact Angie McMullen at 778-789-5183  or amcmullen@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register! 

Nanaimo Adoption Support Group
Join us once a month for this parent support group. For location and times, please contact Angie McMullen at 778-789-5183  or amcmullen@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register! 

Parksville Adoption Support Group
Join us the second Tuesday of the month! Open to adoptive parents in and near Parksville. For location and times, please contact Angie McMullen at 778-789-5183 or amcmullen@bcadoption.com, or visit our events page to register! 

Located outside these areas? 

  • For support group ideas or connections in other South Island communities (Chemainus and south), please contact Correen Coons at ccoons@bcadoption.com or 250-507-0716.
  • For support group ideas or connections in the Central and North Island (north of Chemainus), please contact Angie McMullen at 778-789-5183 or amcmullen@bcadoption.com.

 

Lower Mainland and Coast
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.


Tri-Cities Adoption Play Group
Weekday playgroup for families with kids age 0-5. Contact Natalie at natandal123@gmail.com.  Watch our events page to register! 

Vancouver Adoption Playgroup   
Monthly playgroup for adoptive parents with children age 0-10+ (improved age range!). Contact Sandra Banks at beasandra@yahoo.co.uk for details or visit our events page for upcoming dates!

Vancouver Waiting Parents Group 
Waiting parents and those learning about adoption are invited to join us! This group meets the last Thursday evening of the month at a different location each time. For more information, contact Heather at hratzlaff@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330 ext 105, or visit our events page to register! 

Outside these areas? Please contact Heather Ratzlaff at 604-320-7330 ext 105 for one-to-one support or a peer parent support referral. We also welcome your suggestions for more in-person groups and new activities in the Coast and Fraser regions! 

Interior

Kamloops Wiggles and Giggles Play Group
Fun events focusing on connecting kids, having fun, and connecting with other adoptive parents. We meet on the third Saturday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Contact Deanna jones_a@telus.net or 250-372-9673 or or visit our events page to register!

Kelowna Adoptive Parents Network
Starting September 2019, we will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Blenz Coffee at Okanagan Innovation Centre (next to the library. Please RSVP in case of changes to time/location. Contact Renata at reganem@gmail.com or Rita at write.rita.miller@ gmail.com or visit our events page for more details!

(Summerland) South Okanagan Adoptive Parents Support Group

This group meets monthly for adoptive parents in the Summerland area. Contact Angela Evans at angelaevans123@yahoo.ca or visit our events page to register! 

(Vernon) North Okanagan Parent Support Group
Contact Pam Ellis at pjeshopper@yahoo.com or visit our events page for details! 


Outside these areas?

Kootenays and Okanagan 
Please contact Brandi Kennedy at 778-256-5713 or bkennedy@bcadoption.com for one-to-one support or a peer parent support referral. We also welcome your suggestions for more in-person groups and new activities in the Interior!

Thompson/Cariboo
Please contact Angie McMullen at 778-789-5183 or amcmullen@bcadoption.com for one-to-one support or a peer parent support referral. We also welcome your suggestions for more in-person groups and new activities in the Interior!

North

Fort St John Adoption Support
FSJ and area adoptive parents are welcome to attend this monthly meeting. Please contact Brandi Kennedy at 778-256-5350, bkennedy@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register! 

Prince George Adoption Support 
Prince George and area adoptive parents are welcome to attend this monthly meeting. Please contact Brandi Kennedy at 778-256-5350, bkennedy@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register! 

Outside these areas? Please contact Brandi Kennedy for one-to-one support or a peer parent support referral. We also welcome your suggestions for more in-person groups and new activities in the North!


North
Brandi Kennedy
778-256-5350
bkennedy@bcadoption.com

 

Further reading: 

Connect with an adoption support coordinator

They provide information and support to adoptive families across BC.

Online support groups

Connect with other adoptive parents online.