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. 
View our Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.

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 share the challenges and joys of adoption.  Discussions, information, strategies and resources will be shared each month on a different topic. Please contact Hannah Ganong at hganong@bcadoption.com, 604-219-5424 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 Hannah Ganong at hganong@bcadoption.com, or call 604-219-5424. 
  • 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.

Coming Back Soon! Lower Mainland Single Parents Support Group
Join other single adoptive parents for info, education and support. This group will be starting up again in the fall of 2018. Contact Jen Hillman for more details at 604-320-7330 ext 101 or jhillman@bcadoption.com. Or watch our events page and register for the next session! 

Coming Soon - Port Coquitlam Adoption Play Group
Starting fall 2018, a new playgroup for the under 10 crowd! Details coming soon on location & dates. Watch our events page to register soon! 

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 Sarah at sreid@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330 ext 105, or visit our events page to register! 

Outside these areas? Please contact Jen Hillman 604-320-7330 ext 101 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
Contact Renata Ward at 250-862-6645 or Sarah Gibson for details at 778-789-5183, sgibson@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register!

Salmon Arm Adoptive Parents Support Group
This group meets monthly in Salmon Arm. Contact Sarah Gibson for details at 778-789-5183, sgibson@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register!

(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 to register! 

Williams Lake 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 Sarah Gibson for details at 778-789-5183, sgibson@bcadoption.com or visit our events page to register! 

Outside these areas? Please contact Sarah Gibson 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

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