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Adoption Reunion Registry
Ministry of Children and Family Development
716 Courtney Street
Box 9702, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9S1
Phone: (250) 387-3660 
Fax: (250) 387-0817
Toll Free: 1-877-236-7807
Website: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption/reunion

The Adoption Reunion Registry has a legislated mandate to provide search, intermediary and counselling services to those whose lives have been affected by a B.C. adoption.

Can call toll free: Enquiry BC at 1-800-663-7867 and request a transfer to 387-3660


Category:  Families
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English


BC Council for Families
#204 - 2590 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3H1
Phone: (604) 660-0675 
Fax: (604) 732-4813
Toll Free: 1-800-663-5638
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.bccf.bc.ca

Throughout our history, the BC Council for Families has consistently advocated that prevention, promotion and early support must become a valued and essential part of the continuum of supports and services to children, youth and families.

Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Accessible with Assistance
Languages of Service:  English


BC Family Bonus

Toll Free: 1-800-387-1193
Website: www.rev.gov.bc.ca/itb/fam/fam.htm

The BC Family Bonus and the BC Earned Income Benefit are tax-free monthly payments to help low and modest income working families living in British Columbia with the cost of raising their children. Together, they make it more attractive for those on income assistance to seek work and to remain employed. Benefits from these programs are combined with the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) into a single monthly payment.

Payments are adjusted annually in July and are based on the previous year's tax returns.


Category:  Families
Accessibility:  Accessible with Assistance
Languages of Service:  English


Cherryville Moms Morning Out
Whitevalley Community Hall
Cherryville, BC
Phone: (250) 547-8866 

Hours: Thursday 11:30 – 1:30

A drop-in program for parents and their children 0-6.  Meet for a coffee & discuss a number of parenting topics, chat with friends and just have an outing. 


Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible
Languages of Service:  English


Cherryville Learn to Sew
Whitevalley Community Hall
Cherryville, BC
Phone: (250) 547-8866 


For parents with children 0 – 6.  Choose from 3 simple projects.  Patterns and materials provided.  Limited space available.  Free of charge. 

Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible
Languages of Service:  English


Cherryville Mother Goose
Whitevalley Community Hall
Cherryville, BC
Phone: (250) 547-8866 

Hours: Thursday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A group experience for parents & their babies or toddlers focusing on the pleasure & power of using rhymes, songs & stories together. The program is held periodically throughout the year, free of charge.


Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible
Languages of Service:  English


Cherryville Nobody's Perfect
Whitevalley Community Hall
Cherryville, BC
Phone: (250) 547-8866 


The program recognizes and builds on the interests/skills of parents & explores how they can better meet their children’s needs.  To be eligible for the program, parents must meet at least two of the following five criteria: single, young, low income, low education, or culturally, socially or geographically isolated. Each session includes nutritious snacks, childminding, and help with transportation.   It is offered once or twice a year and is free of charge.

Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible
Languages of Service:  English


Click to view map Child and Youth Care Information and Referral
3100 - 32nd Avenue
Vernon, BC,  V1T 2L9
Phone: (250) 545-3572 
Fax: (250) 545-1510
E-mail: [email protected]

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Offers a variety of community-based and residential services concerning children and families in the North Okanagan.

Community-based services include:

  • Family Support Services for Special Needs Children
    Supports families parenting a mentally challenged or autistic child/youth. Referrals are made by S.P.M.H. Social Worker.
  • Home/School Support Program
    A counselling and support program for students where home or community is impacting their ability to manage at school. Referrals through School-based team.
  • Parent Education
    Proactive parenting groups for families experiencing stress from parenting concerns. Referrals are accepted from parents or community services.
  • Special Service to Children and their Families
    A counselling program serving children of all ages and their families where child protection is a primary concern. Referrals are made by the Ministry for Children & Families.
  • OK Connections A counselling program for young offenders referred by order of the courts under the provisions of the Young Offenders Act.
  • Street Nurse
    Street level medical services for street oriented youth and adults.
  • Teen Parents
    An early intervention support and counselling program offering counselling, education and support to parenting or expectant adolescent parents. Referrals are accepted from professionals and concerned individuals.
  • Youth at Risk
    A street-level counselling service to encourage high risk street involved youth and runaways to adopt a less risk related lifestyle. Referrals are accepted from professionals and concerned individuals.

Residential services include:

  • Intensive Support Program
    Phone: 545-6517
    Provides support to Foster Parents who are caring for some of the most challenging youth in care. Referrals are made by the Ministry of Human Resources.
  • Mara House
    Phone: 545-3395
    A 14 bed family oriented residential treatment centre for children age 6-18 who are experiencing severe family or social adjustment problems. The house offers individual behavioral assessment/program design, family management training, family therapy, group social learning opportunities, and 72 hour emergency care.
  • Residential Clinical Consultant (Directed to children)
    Phone: 545-4908
    A counsellor trained at the Masters level provides program design, consultation, support, and follow-up to residential caregivers and some individual assessment and counselling to a limited caseload. Referrals are made by selected residential programs, CYC committee or the Ministry of Human Resources.

Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible
Languages of Service:  English


Family Justice Centre
202, 3201 30th Street (above the B.C. Access Centre)
Vernon, BC, V1T 9G9
Phone: (250) 549-5644 
Fax: (250) 549-5440
Toll Free: 1-888-282-2283
Website: www.ag.gov.bc.ca/family-justice/index.htm

Hours: Monday to Friday By Appointment

Family Justice Counsellors who assist families undergoing separation or divorce with issues relating to child custody, access, guardianship and child support

Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English


Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
Box 830
Kamloops, BC, V2C 5N1
Toll Free: 1-800-663-3933
Website: www.ag.gov.bc.ca/family-justice/help/fmep/

Resources available to help you and your children adjust to separation and divorce and deal with such issues as how to collect child support and how to handle debt.

Category:  Families
Group Served:  Families
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English



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