Our Support Services

Parenting Education

Parenting is the most important and challenging
job that most adults undertake

Few parents, even in the best circumstances, do not feel frustrated at times by the demands of raising children. But when parents are isolated, involved in difficult relationships, experiencing financial stress, or lacking information on child development and child-rearing techniques, they can lose control.

Informed, effective child rearing builds strong communities by producing young people who work hard to create positive lives for themselves and those around them. Uninformed, ineffective child rearing jeopardizes the well-being of whole communities. Parent Support Services is a non-profit, volunteer-based society and registered charity founded in 1974. The mandate is preventing child abuse and promoting healthy parent-child relationships by supporting parenting, families, and communities. This is achieved by providing support and information to parents. The goal is building healthy communities, one family at a time.

Parent Support Services Workshops:

Workshops and events

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Saving for Your Child’s Education

Free, informational, 2 hr workshop on the Registered Educations Saving Plan
Date: June 14th, 2018
Time: 10 am to  12 noon
Place: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby

This workshop will cover :
1) What is an RESP;
2) How to apply for education grants from Provincial & Federal Government; and
3) How to open an RESP & get the support you need.

Offered in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s Financial Literacy/Empowerment Program

To Register or for more info, contact Daniela at:
604-669-1616 Ext.106

Download our poster: 2018-07 RESP Education Grant Workshop Flyer j (002)

Understanding Children & Technology Workshop – Burnaby May 24


When devices are not being used as digital babysitters or digital pacifiers, there are many positive aspects to using technology in the right way with our families. Join us as we begin to understand the role parents have in modelling technology use and guiding children to find the right balance between plugging in and unplugging.

When: Thursday, May 24th 10 am – 12 pm
Where: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby
For more info or to register: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca
or 604-669-1616 Ext 106

Limited childminding spaces available onsite. Please tell us you need childminding when you register.

Download a poster here

Facilitator Training Vancouver Island BC

Volunteer Facilitators Needed!
Learn to be an effective group leader
20 hrs Initial Training
August 17-19, 2018 Nanaimo BC
Full attendance required

Are you someone who has:
 Good listening & interpersonal skills
 An interest in supporting parent/caregiver and child relationships
 Basic understanding of child development & parenting issues
 Willing to do community outreach & development
Benefits of this training:
 Initial facilitator training provided along with continuing education opportunities
 Develop skills for career and personal growth
 Support families in your community
 Letter of reference upon request (minimum 1 year commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit 3-5 hrs a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop relationships with the support circle participants within the context of the circle.
What past participants say:
The trainers were very informed with an obvious wealth of experience coupled with a solid academic background that support the activities.
I was taught how to be a facilitator not a caregiver.
This workshop was inspirational, timely, to the point, energetic, friendly.
This training helped move my one-on-one counselling skills into a group environment.

We have several openings for volunteers for Parenting Support Circles in communities such as: Greater Victoria, including Sooke and Westshore, Nanaimo, and Parksville.
For more information please contact:
Sandi at 250-468-9658
Email sandi@parentsupportbc.ca
Or call us toll free at or 1-877-345-9777 or visit www.parentsupportbc.ca/volunteers/

Download a poster about the training here: 2018-07 PSS of BC – Volunteer Facilitator Training LM

Body Science: When, Why and How to Talk to Our Children About Sex – Burnaby Feb 15

What:This workshop will be led by a trained professional who will facilitate an open discussion on child development and the ‘when, why and how’ on communicating with our children about sexual health.
How to Register:contact Daniela daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca 604-669-1616 Ext.106
Limited childminding spaces will be available onsite; please let us know when registering if you will require childminding.
Click here for poster: 2018-01-29 Body Science – Workshop

The Essence of Adolescence: Parenting Teens and Teening Parent

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Parenting and The Whole Brain Child Workshop

Parent Support Services Society of BC  workshop on ‘Parenting & The Whole Brain Child’ is facilitated by Dr. Max Innes, family therapist. He introduces an approach to parenting that focuses on providing practical ideas that are  effective and in keeping with recent findings from neuroscience, child brain development and behaviour.

Volunteer Facilitator Training Lower Mainland – July 27 – 29

Volunteer Facilitators Needed in the Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Areas! 
What: A 20 Hr Facilitator Training
Where: Burnaby When: July 27-29 , 2018
Qualifications: Good Listening and Interpersonal Skills; An Interest in Improving Caregiver and Child Relationships; Basic Understanding of Child Development and Parenting Issues; Willing to do Community Outreach and Development; Speak English, Filipino, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and/or other languages
Benefits: Extensive Facilitation Training & Continuing Education Will Be Provided; Develop Skills for Career & Personal Growth; Letter of Reference Upon Request (Minimum 1 Year Commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit to 3-5 hours a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop close relationships with their Circle participants, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the parenting needs and resources each one of them requires.
For more information or to register 604-669-1616 or email office@parentsupportbc.ca. Or visit our Volunteers Page. Check out our downloadable poster:  PSS of BC – Volunteer Facilitator Training
Dates: July  27 – 29  in  Burnaby

  • Friday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm

Full Attendance is Required
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
Contact: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca or call 604-669-1616 ext 106 for more info.

Raising Our Children: the Role of Discipline Workshop

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Blissful Parenting Workshop

A 2- hour workshop FREE workshop based on positive discipline techniques that can turn “bad” child behavior around immediately! Chuck Anderson has an energetic and engaging presentation style that uses the latest accelerated learning techniques and a high level of audience involvement. This training is specifically adapted to helping parents of children & teens deal with the many behavioural issues that come with the job of being a parent.

Best Practices for Parenting

Looking for information on the best practices for parenting? Learn more by clicking on the
links below.

Discipline V.S. Punishment

The Role of Discipline in the Effective Parenting of Children

Becoming a Mindful Parent: Part 1, Part 2

Other Parent Education Services

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Other Kinship Care Resources

Useful Legal Links:

  • Legal Services Society of BC has a great family law website –  http://www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca/ –  There is a special section for grandparents.
  • JP Boyd on Family, written in plain language and provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law and divorce law in British Columbia.
  • Clicklaw Wikibooks help the public in British Columbia find and use legal information.
  • Family Justice Centres Family Justice Centres operate across BC to provide services to British Columbians going through separation or divorce. Each centre is staffed by accredited Family Justice Counsellors, specially trained to help families with parenting arrangements, contact with a child, guardianship, and support issues. They can help parents resolve disagreements without going to court. They provide short-term counselling, mediation, emergency and community referrals and other free services.
  • “Your Rights on Reserve – a Legal Tool-kit for Aboriginal Women in BC. “ Tool-kit created by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women.  Click here to download: Your Rights on Reserve – a Legal Tool-kit for Aboriginal Women in British Columbia

Criminal Record Check for Out-of-Care Care Providers

Books on Grandparents & Kinship Care can be found at your local library:


We provide support for all family members and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children can live with dignity and respect. PFLAG Vancouver

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

FSGV’s Family Support page includes: Resources for: Intensive Family Support; Child Development; and Foster Family Support (Also available for GRG Families)

LIFE Seminars

Our goal is to empower parents through our educational parenting courses, workshops, books and videos, by providing effective parenting tools for a child’s development of self-esteem, empathy, responsibility, and values, rather than obedience and conformity. lifeseminars.com

Parent Services Boys and Girls Clubs of BC

Parent Services currently offers Parents Together a support group for parent of teens and Parenting Without Power Struggles a support group for parents of preteens across the province of BC. boysandgirlsclubsbc.ca

Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion (CCIAP)

CCIAP is a partnership of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Click here

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare is a national agency funded by Public Health Agency of Canada. Our mission is to foster research and disseminate knowledge on child welfare and prevention of child abuse and neglect. We have a link to your site on our website under provincial and territorial resources. cecw-cepb.ca

BC Council for Families

Leadership through education, training advocacy and research for the healthy development of families. www.bccf.ca

Vancouver February Parenting Workshop

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