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Please note: All of our in-person support groups are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about AFABC's response to COVID-19. We've added virtual support groups in the meantime! Check out our schedule on our online support page

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 playgroups for young children and parents, and community groups that operate outside of AFABC, that we would be happy to connect you with!

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 available virtually, first Monday evening of the month

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 Tara Pugh at tpugh@bcadoption.com or 250-507-0716 or visit our events page to register.

Courtney Adoption Support Group on hold
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 on hold
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 on hold
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 Tara Pugh at tpugh@bcadoption.com or 250-507-0716  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 on hold
Weekday playgroup for families with kids age 0-5. Contact Natalie at natandal123@gmail.com.  Watch our events page to register! 

Vancouver Adoption Playgroup on hold   
Monthly playgroup for adoptive parents with children age 0-10+ (improved age range!). 

Waiting Parents Group - available virtually, first Monday of the month 
Waiting parents and those learning about adoption are invited to join us! This group meets the last Thursday evening of the month, usually at our Burnaby head office. For more information, contact Elaine at ehsu@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330 ext 101, or visit our events page to register! 

Outside these areas? Please contact 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 on hold
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 on hold
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!

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


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 on hold
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 on hold
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 a Family Support Worker

They provide information and support to adoptive families across BC.

Online support groups

Connect with other adoptive parents online.