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What's new at AFABC?

We offer a number of online supports including Virtual Support Sessions:

  • Once a week during the lunch hour on Thursday afternoons (12:00-1:00 pm)
  • One evening session per month at 6:30pm (evening sessions require pre-registration)

*Please note we are transitioning from Zoom to Microsoft Teams. Click here to download Teams. Teams can also be used without an account on a web browser, but it seems to work better in the app rather than the browser.

We have restarted our Waiting Parents Group Meetings online, to be held on the 3rd Monday of every second month. For 2021, upcoming events will be in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Our new FASD Parenting Group is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every second month. For 2021, upcoming events will be held in March, May, July, September, and November.

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

Join us online for our virtual support sessions. Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming dates and themes. Come and discuss the theme of the day, listen to other parents share their experiences, talk about adoption in general, or just check in. 

Weekly sessions will be held Thursdays: 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Bring your lunch and chat with our Family Support Workers and the community online. Waiting parents welcome. We will be alternating between "themed" and "non-themed" sessions!

Click here to join any Thursday lunchtime support session on: 

June 3: No theme - come check in and chat

June 10: Theme: Common Diagnoses

June 17: No theme - come check in and chat

June 24: Theme: Surviving Summer Vacation

Our upcoming evening sessions are (advanced registration required):

NEW! Tuesday Lunchtime Yoga Sessions

Every Tuesday at 12:00pm (noon)

We know that as busy parents, it’s hard to make time for self-care, but we hope this makes it a little easier. Take 20 minutes a week and come practice self-care with us! We will be showing short, beginner-friendly routines. Share your screen or not, let your kids participate or not, it’s up to you! It’s just an opportunity to get 20 minutes of stretches and breathing incorporated into your week! You’ll be glad you did. Contact Elaine at ehsu@bcadoption.com with questions. Click here to join.

Family Events

We are holding at least one Family Event virtually each month to engage the kiddos and keep families connected. For June, we have:

Virtual Drum Group with Red Fox Healthy Living Society on:

Author Reading in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, June 21 from 4:00-5:00pm. Christy-Jordan Fenton will be reading from her book "When I was Eight", a child-friendly story about her mother in law's experiences at residential school. Click here to register.

Online Support Groups 

Our online support groups give parents a place to connect through Facebook. Some groups tackle parenting issues, while others have a geographical focus or connect specific types of families. All groups offer the opportunity to share experiences, socialize, and build friendships.

All groups are closed, 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
A new group for applicants who haven't yet completed their Adoption Education Program (AEP), as well as for those considering adoption who aren't sure which program to apply to.

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
Join us for lively discussions and support, no matter what age your teen joined your family.

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
All kinship family types are welcome, including those formed through kinship care, foster care, guardianship, custom adoption, and/or adoption.  

FASD 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
Join us as we celebrate single parenthood in this group just for single-parent led families and waiting parents. 

Transracial and Intercountry Adoptive Parents
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues related to culture, race, transracial parenting, and intercountry adoption.

Waiting Parents Support
Join us for lively discussions of contemporary adoption issues related to waiting adoptive parents. Applicants who have completed their AEP (adoption education program) or equivalent pre-adoption training are welcome to join. 

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.