Support groups

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 adoption key worker can also help you find the support you need.

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

Vancouver Island

Victoria Adoptive Parents Network
This is a great opportunity to meet other adoptive parents to talk about and share the challenges and joys of adoption.  Discussions, information, strategies and resources will be shared each month on a different topic. Please contact Correen Coons at ccoons@bcadoption.com or call 250-507-0716
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Victoria Adoption Support Play Group
Join other Adoptive Parents for a kid friendly and baby friendly environment with a place for parents to chat and kids to play. For families with children ages 0 - 5, and siblings are welcome. This group meets the last Friday of the month, same time, same, location.Please contact Correen Coons at ccoons@bcadoption.com or call 250-507-0716
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

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

For support group ideas or connections in other south Island communities,please contact Correen Coons at ccoons@bcadoption.com or call 250-507-0716 or toll free 1-855-463-4018.
View our Events Calendar for upcoming family events and educational opportunities.

For support group ideas or connections in the central and north island (Nanaimo and north), please contact Angie McMullen at 778-789-5183 or amcmullen@bcadoption.com

Lower Mainland and Coast

Lower Mainland Single Parents Support Group
Join other single adoptive parents both in the Vancouver and Fraser Regions for info, education and support. Meetings are held from 3PM - 5PM on the 3rd Sunday of every month except May/July and August. The locations will vary, but they will usually be in Vancouver, Coquitlam or Langley.  Contact Helen Lamb at helenML2002@yahoo.ca
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Zawadi True Colours Friendship Group
Building a supporting network for children of African heritage to connect with positive adults who share their heritage. Meetings in Abbotsford on the third Saturday of the month. Contact Sonya McNeil. sonya_mail@yahoo.ca 
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Vancouver Adoption Playgroup 
Monthly playgroup for adoptive parents with children age 0-5. Older siblings are welcome during the summer. Contact Sandra Banks at beasandra@yahoo.co.uk for details.
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

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 Sarah at sreid@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330 ext 105.
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Interior

Kamloops Adoptive Parent Support Group
Meets monthly to explore contemporary adoption topics, and to support each other through the sharing of personal insights and experiences, in an atmosphere of confidentiality.The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 7-9PM. Contact Deanna at 250-372-9673 or jones_a@telus.net.
Minimum numbers are required to run the group. Please RSVP so we can count you in
Visit the Events Calendar to register for upcoming sessions.

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. 
Minimum numbers are required to run the group. Please RSVP so we can count you in
Visit the Events Calendar to register for upcoming sessions.

Penticton Adoptive Parents Support Group
This group meets monthly to explore contemporary adoption topics, and to support each other through the sharing of personal insights and experiences, in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. Childminding is available. Contact Tina tinastasuik@hotmail.com or 250-493-7954
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Revelstoke Adoptive Parents Support Group
This group meets regularly to explore contemporary adoption topics, and to support each other through the sharing of personal insights and experiences, in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. Contact Vanessa for dates and times at vmmorrow@telus.net or 250-837-7199.
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

North

Please contact Sherrie Jones for one-to-one support or a peer parent support referral. We also welcome your suggestions for in-person groups and new activities in the North!

North
Sherrie Jones
250-786-5370
Toll free in BC 1-866-902-7330
sjones@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.