Who We Are


Historical Background

1973 The first parents’ anonymous group in North America established by Bill McFarland and the Vancouver Children’s Aid Society.
1974 A group of parents start a Parents in Crisis group which spreads to communities throughout the Lower Mainland
1976 Parents In Crisis (PIC) – later to be named Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS) – is incorporated
1980 The BC Provincial Government declares PIC (PSS)  the umbrella organization for self-help groups for the prevention of child abuse
1984 PIC (PSS) develops multicultural programming and collaborates with Aboriginal communities (to develop programs that suited their unique needs)
1996 PIC (PSS) develops circles in different languages with the support of steering committees. PIC (PSS) is involved in development of the Child, Family and Community Services Act
1996 Steering committees  develop in various locations around the Lower Mainland
2000 Name of organization changes to Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS) to better reflect the positive solution focused work of the organization
2001 First Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Circle begins
2005 First Grand Gathering is held in Victoria; First edition of the monthly Village newsletter and resource guide for the North is produced
2007 PSS initiates the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Legal Research Project in partnership with the University of Victoria
2008 The first Nature camp for Grandfamilies takes place on Galiano Island
2009 PSS publishes GRG Legal GuideParent Support Services Society is presented with the Distinguished Services to Families Award
2012 The GRG Support Line is launched providing legal and social support to GRG
2014 PSS Celebrates our 40th anniversary; The first Parent Support Circle is established for fathers in prison; PSS marches in the Pride parade for the first time – staff attends Queer competency training
2015 Grandparent Raising Grandchildren: Telling our Stories documentary released; First annual Grandparents’s Day family awareness raising events take place; Director of Circles and Community Development of PSS is given the Bhayana Family Foundation Innovation Award
2016 PSS Social Worker and PSS Lawyer are jointly presented with Field of Practice Awards for Outstanding Work in the Field of Child and Youth Advocacy from the BC Association of Social Workers; A partnership is formed with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic – UBC Allard School of Law, Workshops on the Intersection of Kinship care, MCFD policies and Legal Matters are launched in the Lower Mainland – for Indigenous Service Providers;  PSS certified as a Living Wage Employer
2017 Circles are formed in collaboration with the BC Autism Society for families of children on the autism spectrum; and for families with children who are trans or gender creative. Staff attends Truth and Reconciliation training; Workshops on the Intersection of Kinship care, MCFD policies and Legal Matters are expanded and held for frontline social workers, legal advocates, family lawyers, others.

 Our longest continuous circle is in Mount Pleasant Vancouver and has been running for 30 years. Throughout the entire history of Parents in Crisis and Parent Support Services Society of BC, families and whole communities across the province have benefited from the generosity of our volunteer facilitators, parenting educators, funders, donors and community partners in our collective work to create “a world where all children and their families are nurtured, valued and safe”.

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40th Anniversary

Audio from our 40th Anniversary Breakfast Fundraiser – May 26, 2014

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