Adoption Support Groups

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National

Alberta

  • Alberta Foster Parent Association
    A group that offers support and resources for Alberta’s foster families.
  • Edmonton Adoption Clinic
    Offers pediatric consultation services to families involved in international and domestic adoption.
  • Calgary
    What: Adoption Options Adoptive Parent Support Group
    Where: #202, 1228 Kensington Rd., NW
    When: Last Wednesday of the month from 7-9 pm
    Contact: Adoption Options at aocal@adoptionoptions.com or 403-270-8228 
    What: Christian Adoption Services Domestic Adoption Play Group
    When: First Monday of the month
    Contact: Ruth at visser@nucleus.com or info@christianadoption.ab.ca
    What: Christian Adoption Services Domestic Waiting Families Support Group
    When: Second Wednesday of the month
    Contact: Alison at 403-256-3224 or info@christianadoption.ab.ca
    What: Infertility Support Group
    When: Last Saturday of the month at 10 am
    Contact: Tracy at tracy@iaacCalgary.com or 780-283-4396.
  • Edmonton
    What: Adoption Options Adoptive Parent Support Group
    Where: #304, 10109 – 106 Street
    When: Third Monday of the month from 7:30 – 9:30 pm
    Contact: Adoption Options at aoedm@adoptionoptions.com or 403-433-5656
  • Grande Prairie
    What: Christian Adoption Services International Adoption Play Group
    Where: Grande Prairie Alliance Church
    When: Third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 am to noon
    Contact: Jodi at 403-766-2716 or 
    info@christianadoption.ab.ca

British Columbia

Some adoptive parent support groups in British Columbia meet on a regular basis. You can find them listed below by city.

  • Abbotsford
    What: Empty Arms and Beyond Chat Night for Waiting and Adoptive Parents
    When: Twice monthly
    Contact: MaryLou Schuetz at hopesupports@shaw.ca or 604-850-1002 
    What: Growing Together Support Group
    Where: The Old Court House, 2420 Montrose Ave.
    When: First Monday of the month from 7-9 PM
    Contact: Jen at 1-866-900-7330 or jhillman@bcadoption.com
  • Kelowna
    What: Infertility Support Group
    Where: South Okanagan Health Unit, CCD Boardroom, 1340 Ellis
    When: Third Tuesday of the month from 6-8 pm
    Contact: Kristina Towell at drtowill@shaw.ca or 250-860-8873
  • North Vancouver
    What: The Sunrise Playgroup
    Where: Second weekend of every other month
    When: Third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 am to noon
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or

    604-984-2488 What: Growing Together Support GroupWhat: Sunrise Ethiopian Families GroupWhen: Meets monthly
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or

    604-984-2488What: Sunrise Korea Families Group
    When: Meets regularly
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or
    604-984-2488
    What: Korean Language Play Group
    When: Second Sunday of the month
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or 604-984-2488
    What: Sunrise Play Groups
    Where: John Braithwaite Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver
    When: Saturday or Sunday from 10 to noon
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or 604-984-2488
    What: Sunrise Waiting Parents Play Group
    When: Monthly
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or 604-984-2488
    What: Sunrise Single Parent Support Group
    When: Monthly
    Contact: Sunrise Adoption Services at info@sunriseadoption.com or 604-98-2488
  • Vancouver
    What: Infertility Peer Support Group
    Where: Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Avenue, Coquitlam
    When: Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 except July, Aug. and Dec.
    Contact: Jennifer Hillman at jhillman@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330What: Fertility Support Group
    Where: 5737 Collingwood St.
    When: Second Friday of the month from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
    Contact: Family Passages at 604-266-6470 or info@familypassages.ca

Manitoba

  • Manitoba Foster Family Network
    The voice of foster families in Manitoba that includes a peer support group and newsletter.Some adoptive parent support groups in Manitoba meet on a regular basis. You can find them listed below by city.
  • Winnipeg
    What: Manitoba Adoptive Parents Support
    Where: South Winnipeg Family Information Centre, Lower Level, 800 Point Rd.
    When: Second Wednesday of the month
    Contact: Sue Brook at m_aps2002@yahoo.ca or 204-231-3014
     
    What: Infertility Support Group
    Where: Winnipeg Infertility Resource Centre, 215-161 Stafford St.
    When: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm
    Contact: bevfriesen6@mts.net or 204-488-2673

New Brunswick

NB Adoption Support Network

A peer support network for families who have adopted, are considering adoption or who are waiting to adopt.  This network enables adoptive families and prospective adoptive parents to find relevant information, support and resources, while providing them an avenue to exchange information, share experiences and address common concerns.

Saint John

What: Let’s Talk Adoption: Parent Meeting
Where: 344 Somerset St. (Social Development), Saint John
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm
Contact: Catherine Derry email: catherinederrynbadoption@gmail.com Phone: 506 642-3210

Moncton 

What: Let’s Talk Adoption: Parent Meeting
Where: Greater Moncton Family Resource Center, 451 Paul Street, Room 210 A, Dieppe.
When: First Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm

Contact: Françoise Corbin-Boucher   Tel:  506-383-3693 email:  fcorbinboucher@gmail.com

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

Ontario

    • Adoption Council of Ontario
      A non-profit organization offering information, education, advocacy and support for families touched by adoption in Ontario.
    • AdoptOntario
      A program of the Adoption Council of Ontario aimed at recruiting and encouraging potential adoptive parents in Ontario for the children who need them.
    • Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
      Group dedicating to the welfare of children.
    • Foster Parents Society of Ontario
      A support group for foster parents living in Ontario, with online links and a library.
    • Families with Children From China
      Toronto chapter of the support group that celebrates adoptions from China.
    • Jewish Family and Child Services
      Support group for Jewish adoptive families in the Toronto area.
    • Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
      Umbrella organization representing the Children’s Aid Societies from across Ontario.
    • Ontario RAD Families
      A Canadian support group dedicated to Reactive Attachment Disorder.
    • Ontario’s Winning Kids
      A website funded by the Children’s Aid Foundation that promotes fostering in Ontario and helps children find permanent adoptive homes.
    • Queer Parenting Programs
      Guidance for Toronto-area gay parents involved in adoption and foster care.Some adoptive parent support groups in Ontario meet on a regular basis. You can find them listed below by city
    • Blackstock
    • What: Adoptive Parents of North Durham Support and Information Group
      Where: St. John’s Anglican Church, Blackstock
      When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm (confirm beforehand)
      Contact: Janet at northdurhamap@hotmail.com  
    • Burlington
    • What: Infertility Support Group
    • When: Once a month; Refer to website for monthly dates
      Location: One Fertility (Burlington Location)
      Time: 2-4pm
      Cost: N/A
      Contact: Rebecca Hodson at info@hipss.ca
      Mobile: 289-795-1678    Website: www.hipss.ca
  • Hamilton
    What: Infertility Support Group
    Where: West End Clinic, 690 Main St. W,
    When: First Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm
    Contact: Gabrielle Klimstra at 905-521-5080 ext. 76602 
  • What: Children’s Bridge Coffee Talk Group
    Where: Williams Coffee Pub at 3030 Wonderland Rd. S.
    When: Second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
    Contact: Kim Jones at kdjones@rogers.com or 519-652-9574
  • What: London Post-Adoption Support Group
    Where: London-Middlesex Children’s Aid Society, 1680 Oxford St.
    When: Fourth Tuesday of the month 7-9 p.m., except July and August
    Contact: Paula Schuck at inkscrblr@rogers.com or 519-455-9000
  • What: Babywish Infertility Support Group
    When: Second Sunday of the month from 6-9 p.m.
    Contact: Lois Ostolosky at babywish@rogers.com or 519-200-9592
  • Oakville
  • What: Oakville Parent Support Group
    Where: The Real Canadian Superstore (upstairs) at the corner of
    Dundas and Trafalgar.
    When: Third Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
    Contact: Mary O’Brien-Kwan at mok@cogeco.ca
  • Ottawa
  • What: Children’s Bridge Ottawa Parent Group
    When: Wednesdays from 7-9 pm from Sept.-May
    Contact: Cathy Murphy at cathymurphy@childrensbridge.com or 613-22-.2112
  • What: Ottawa Waiting Parents Group
    When:Four meetings a year
    Contact: Catherine MacLellan at catherine_maclellan@rogers.com or 613-302-2092
  • Port Hope
  • What: Northumberland Families in Adoption
    When: Dates TBA, 5 -7 p.m.
    Where: Ontario Early Years Center — 74 Queen Street, Port Hope
    Contact: Nancy Richardson 905-377-1561 or lennanvan@sympatico.ca

  • Sudbury
  • What: Sudbury Adoption Support Group
    Where: 111 Elm St
    When: Second Wednesday of the month at 7-9 p.m., except July and August
    Contact: Esther at tardif@isys.ca or 705-969-7152
    Toronto
  • Adoption Council of Ontario How-to-Adopt Seminar
    When: Once monthly
    Contact: Adoption Council of Ontario at info@adoption.on.ca or 416-482-0021
  • What: Endometriosis Support Group
    Where: 8th floor, Women’s College Hospital, 790 Bay St.
    When: Second Thursday of the month at 7-9 pm
    Contact: The Endometriosis Network of Toronto (TENT) at 416-591-3963 or Jan Silverman atjan.silverman@wchospital.ca or 416-351-3721
  • What: Infertility Network Drop-In Support Group
    Where: 1397 Danforth Ave., basement level
    When: Second Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
    Contact: Infertility Network at Info@InfertilityNetwork.org or 416-691-3611
  • What: Infertility Support Group
    Where: 8th floor, Women’s College Hospital, 790 Bay St.
    When: Third Thursday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
    Contact: Jan Silverman at jan.silverman@wchospital.ca or 416-351-3721
  • What: On Our Own
    Where: 8th floor, Women’s College Hospital, 790 Bay St.
    When: Fourth Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m.
    Contact: Jan Silverman at jan.silverman@wchospital.ca or 416-351-3721
  • Missisauga
  • Mississauga
    What: Adoption Council of Ontario How-to-Adopt Seminar
    When: Once monthly
    Contact: Adoption Council of Ontario at info@adoption.on.ca or 416-482-0021

    Webinar
    What: Adoption Council of Ontario How-to-Adopt Seminar
    When: Once monthly
    Contact: Adoption Council of Ontario at info@adoption.on.ca or 416-482-0021

Prince Edward Island

  • Adoption Matters
    Website designed to assist PEI families through the adoption process.

Quebec

  • Support group for lesbian parents and their families living in Quebec.
  • Mouvement Retrouvailles
    A research and reunion organization dedicated to reuniting adoptees and their birth families.
  • Quebec Adoption
    Another online resource for Quebec adoptive parents.
  • Montreal
    What: Infertility Support Group
    Where: Elgar Community Centre, 260 Rue Elgar, Nun’s Island
    When: Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30.
    Contact: Sarah at sarahiaacmontreal@yahoo.ca or 514-732-0012
  • What: On Our Own
    Where: 8th floor, Women’s College Hospital, 790 Bay St.
    When: Fourth Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm
    Contact: Jan Silverman at jan.silverman@wchospital.ca or 416-351-3721

Saskatchewan

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