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Information and Support Groups

Whether you are at the start of your adoption journey or well along your way, it is always helpful to have access to people and information who are familiar with the unique experience of being a parent through adoption.

 

GENERAL

The Internet is a valuable resource for accessing adoption related information that is made available by public and private agencies and associations. All government Web sites in Canada can be found at http://gov.pc.ca where pc is the two- letter code for the province or territory (i.e., bc, ab, sk, mb, on, qc, nb, ns, pe, nf, nt, yt).

 

HOMESTUDY REQUESTS

To arrange for a homestudy, contact an agency in your province/territory from the list of Government and Private Agencies. You may have to contact the provincial adoption coordinator if no agencies are listed near you.

 

ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUPS

To find an adoptive parent support group in your area, please click one of the links below to view adoptive parent support groups by province. There are also some national organizations which may be of interest.

National

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Quebec

Saskatchewan

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

Adoption Council of Canada

Ottawa, ON

T: 613-680-2999, 1-888-54-ADOPT

E-mail: info@adoption.ca

Web site: www.adoption.ca, www.canadaswaitingkids.ca

 

Adoption Helper, National Adoption Magazine

Robin Hilborn, Editor

Box 1353, Southampton, Ont. N0H 2L0

E-mail: helper@familyhelper.net

Web site: www.familyhelper.net 

 

ALBERTA

Adoption Association of Olds and Area

Didsbury - Iain and Susan Paton,

T: 403-335-8540

 

Adoption Options Parent Support Groups

Calgary - 403-270-8228

Edmonton - 780-433-5656

 

Afro-Canadian Adoption Support

Calgary - Esther Cross

T: 403-337-3471

 

Battle River Adoption Group Society (BRAGS)

Lougheed - Darlene Albretch

T: 403-888-2124

 

Cold Lake Support Group Buddy System

Mike and Sandy Overs

T: 780-826-4202

Email: overs@telusplanet.net

 

Cross Cultural Families of Native Children

Edmonton - Andrea Wilson

T: 780-490-0405

Email: wilson.a@shaw.wave.ca

 

Edmonton Adopting Beyond Infancy Association

Edmonton - Dana Black & Pat Moman

T: 780-457-9981/780-479-5268

Email: abi@planet.eon.net

 

Edmonton & District Family Support Association

Edmonton - Trish Brady

T: 780-496-9890

 

Edson Area Adoption Contact

Edson - Sharon Broughton

T: 403-723-4517

 

Families for Alberta Children's Today (FACT)

Elk Point - Darlene Kozicky

T: 403-724-2216/1-888-310-3228

Email: fact@telusplanet.net

 

Fetal Alcohol Support Group

Medicine Hat

Alice McNeil - 403-528-5632

Sandy Stevens - 403-527-8881

 

Fort McMurray Adoption Support

Glenn & Louise Doonanco 780-791-7510

 

Grizzly Trail Adoptive Families Association

Barrhead - Aurelia Spronk

T: 780-674-2971

 

Infertility Connection

Edmonton - Irene Ryll

T: 780-481-6618

 

International Adoption Family Association (IAFA)

Edmonton - Dianne Johnston

T: 780-452-7624

Calgary - 403-270-2474

 

Lethbridge & Area Adoptive Parent Support Group

Lethbridge - Maureen Horon

T: 403-320-1234

 

Non-Native Parents with Native Children

Lorraine Grossberndt, Calgary resource person

T: 403-850-5671

 

Older Child & Special Needs Parent Support

Lethbridge -Anne Fletcher

T: 403-328-7120

 

Private Adoption Society of Alberta

Edmonton - Valerie Nelson

T: 780-441-3970

Email: vnelson113@aol.com

 

Smoky River Adoption Network

Smoky River - Raoul Johnson

T: 780-837-8269

 

Uniquely ADD/ADHD  www.uniquely-adhd.com

 

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Karen Madeiros #200-7342 Winston St.,

Burnaby BC V5A 2H1

T: 604-320-7330 F: 604-320-7350

E-mail: info@bcadoption.com

Web site: www.bcadoption.com

 

BC's Waiting Children T: 1-877-ADOPT-07 (1-877-236-7807)

 

Special Needs Adoptive Parents (SNAP)

Brad Watson Vancouver, BC

T: 604-687-3114/1-800-663-SNAP (in BC)

F: 604-687-3364

E-mail: snap@snap.bc.ca

 

Sunrise Family Services Society

Contact: Doug Chalke Suite 102-171 West Esplanade

North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J9

T: 604-984-2488 F: 604-984-2498

Email: info@sunriseadoption.com

Web: www.sunriseadoption.com

 

MANITOBA

Please see national organizations.

 

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

International Adoptive Families of New Brunswick

Kay Giggie Beresford, NB

T: 506-542-2979

E-mail: pgiggie@nbnet.nb.ca

 

Moncton Adoptive Parents Association

Sandra Perkison Moncton, NB

T: 506-387-7379/506-858-5718

E-mail: perkison@nbnet.nb.ca 

 

NEWFOUNDLAND

Newfoundland and Labrador Families Adopting Multiculturally (NLFAM)

Lynn Haire 27 Parliament St.

St. John's NL A1A 2Y9

T: 709-579-2272

Yahoo group: NL_INTERNATIONAL_ADOPTION to join our group you will need to go to http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/ 

and search for NL_INTERNATIONAL_ADOPTION, click on join this group.

NLFAM is a support group for families in Newfoundland and Labrador adopting Internationally or Interculturally. We have a Yahoo mailing list in which we have over 100 members who have adopted from such places as China, Romania, Thailand, Russia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Nunavut, United States, etc. We are a supportive environment for families and prospective families to ask questions and seek a sympathetic ear. We are also an advocate group who have formed an advisory committee to work with the Provincial government on implementing best practices in International Adoption. We have prepared and submitted a submission to the Federal Government on Citizenship for Internationally adopted children.

 

NOVA SCOTIA

 

Adoptive Parents Association of Nova Scotia (APANS)

Shannon MacLean Box 2511, Station M

Halifax, NS B3J 3N5

T: 902-422-2087

 

ONTARIO

Adoption Council of Ontario Toronto, ON

T: 416-482-0021 F: 416-482-1586

E-mail: info@adoption.on.ca

 

Families with Children from South Africa

www.familiesfromsa.com.

info@familiesfromsa.com

 

Central Ontario

Eastern Ontario

Northern Ontario

Southwestern Ontario

Toronto

 

Central Ontario

 

Single Parent Adoption (SPA)

Heather Keillor Schomberg, ON T: 905-939-8441

  

Eastern Ontario Adoptive Parent Support Group

Fran Raven Kingston, ON T: 613-549-4926 F: 613-548-7056

 

Open Door Society Open Door Society

V.P. Ray Luoma Box 9141,

Station T Ottawa, ON K1G 3T8

T: 613-860-1749

 

Northern Ontario

 

International Adoption Group

Joan Martin Thunder Bay, ON

T: 807-343-9071

 

International Adoptive Families of Ontario (IAFO)

Irene Lawrenson T: 705-737-1341

 

Sudbury Adoption Support Group

Marion Elrick Sudbury, ON P3E 4S7

T: 705-673-2423

E-mail: brewmar@isys.ca

 

Southwestern Ontario

 

Adoption Resource Group of Windsor & Essex County

Deborah Deane Little Windsor, ON

T: 519-974-9016

 

Children's Bridge London Group

Contact the Children's Bridge for more information: (613) 226-2112

 

Family and Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County

Carol Glass Guelph, ON T: 519-824-2410 x 285

 

Rainbow Playgroup-China

Deborah Wood Kitchener, ON

T: 519-745-6344

E-mail: drwood1@home.com

 

Toronto

 

Attention Deficit Disorder Foundation (ADD)

Toronto, ON T: 416-813-6858

 

Adoption Resource Centre (Adoption Council of Ontario)

Toronto, ON T: 416-482-0021 F: 416-482-1586

E-mail: info@adoption.on.ca Web site: www.adoption.on.ca

 

Children's Bridge York Region Support Group

Rose Hickey

T: 905-853-3610

 

Families of Adopted Children from Eastern Europe (FACE)

Lisa Nerman & Louise LaRocca Toronto, ON

T: 416-398-9010 (Lisa) T: 416-484-4588 (Louise)

 

Families in Adoption Pat Fenton Toronto, ON

T: 416-487-3166 F: 416-484-7454

E-mail: pfenton@netcom.ca

 

Families with Children from China (FCC)

Michael Zessner

Toronto, ON

T: 416-966-2856

E-mail: dmz@tvo.org

 

Group for Adopted Teens Central Ontario Youth Services

/Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Toronto, ON

T: 416-924-2100 x 245

F: 416-395-1527

 

Guatemala Adoptive Parents (GAP)

Peter Fokes

Toronto, ON

T: 416-503-9653

E-mail: pfokes@sympatico.ca

 

Native Child & Family Services (NCFS)

Carolyn

Toronto, ON

T: 905-727-4061

 

Native Child & Family Services Toronto

Toronto, ON

T: 416-969-8510

F: 416-969-9251

 

Parents in Waiting Support Group Adoption Resource Centre

Toronto, ON

T: 416-482-0021

F: 416-482-1586

E-mail: aco@adoption.ca

 

QUEBEC

 

Adoption Estrie

Nancy Lamoureux - Presidente

Sherbrook, QC

T: 819-822-3655

F: 819-822-3113

 

Adoptive Families of Quebec (AFQC)

Madame Roberta Fuller

Pointe-Claire, QC

T: 514-694-7665

 

Adoption Internationale Democratique pour enfants (A.I.D.E)

Edouard Amborski

Laval, QC

T: 514-661-1515

 

Association des Familles Québec-Chine

Monsieur Jean François Chapleau - Président

Montreal, QC

T: 514-990-2446

E-mail: gordon.barcelo2@sympatico.ca

 

Association des parents adoptants de Baie-Comeau Inc.

Jeanne Bellisle - Presidente

Baie-Comeau, QC

T: 418-589-6531 (phone & fax)

E-mail: apabc@globetrotter.qc.ca

 

Association des parents des enfants du monde (APEM)

Louise Tousignant

Trois-Rivieres, QC

T: 819-379-7604

F: 819-376-5180

E-mail: apem@quebecadoption.net

Web site: www.quebecadoption.net

 

Association des parents en adoption internationale du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

Caroline Renaud

Alma, QC

T: 418-668-6945

F: 418-668-5298

E-mail: alain.desbiens@al.cgocable.ca 

 

Association de parents pour l'adoption Québécoise (APAQ)

Ville Mont-Royal, QC

T: 514-990-9144

 

L'association des parents adoptifs d'enfants

Roumains Claudine Bissonette - Présidente

Broisbriand, QC

T: 450-434-4978

F: 450-974-3628

E-mail: tommasini.lepore@sympatico.ca

Web site: www.3.sympatico.ca/tommasini.lepore

 

Familles au coeur Québécois

Nadine Ouellet

Aylmer, QC

T: 819-684-8480

E-mail: facq@infonet.ca

 

Fédération des parents adoptants du Quebec (FPAQ)

Madame Claire-Marie Gagnon

Pierrefonds, QC

T: 514-696-0508

E-mail: fpaq@sympatico.ca

Web site: www.quebecadoption.net/adoption/FPAQ/fpaq.html

 

SASKATCHEWAN

 

Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan, Inc.

Cindy Haftner, Executive Director

Saskatoon, SK

T: 306-665-7272 F: 306-665-7274

E-mail: adoption.support@sasktel.net

web site:www.sasktelwebsite.net/adoption/