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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Anger & Stress: Parent & Child Relationships

Watch here for more details to come. To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca

Mental Health: Building Resilience in Our Children

This workshop looks at stress and how to deal with it to support you and your children’s mental health. It also covers the 7 C’s of Resilience: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution,  Coping, and Control. Workshop is led by Dr. Max Innes – a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Watch here for when this workshop will be next held.

To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca

Circle of Security – Parenting Series January 17th – March 7th.

We have some exciting news to share with you!

This new year we have partnered with Information Children to deliver a FREE, 8-week Parenting Workshop on ‘Circle of Security’ (COS).

If you aren’t familiar with what Circle of Security offers, please check out the following link: https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/ This link is for those whom speak Spanish: https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/animations-spanish  

Starting January 17th, this FREE, 8-week workshop will take place every Thursday from 10:30 to 12:30 through to March 7th; Free childminding will be offered. There a only 10-12 spots offered. This is a first come, first serve registration. Those whom are interested must take into consideration that attending all 8 sessions are requested, as this helps parents/caregivers understand the concepts of COS better.

This workshop is best suited for parents/caregivers whom have children ages 0 – 12.

To register, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Daniela at Tel.: 604-669-1616 EXT.: 106 or email daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca

To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca

Registered Education Savings Plans & Education Grant Workshop

Parent Support Services Society of BC Presents:

Free, informational, 2 hr workshop on the Registered Educations Saving Plan
This workshop will cover :
1) What is an RESP
2) How to apply for education grants from Provincial & Federal Government
3) How to open an RESP & get the support you need

Offered in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver, the Financial Literacy/Empowerment Program

To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca


Body Science: When, Why and How to Talk to Our Children About Sex

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.

Watch here for the next workshop.

To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca

The Essence of Adolescence: Parenting Teens and Teening Parent

Watch for more information.   To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca


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.

Watch here for the next workshop. To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca

Raising Our Children: the Role of Discipline Workshop

This FREE 2-hour workshop covers the following:
1) What is the difference between Discipline & Punishment?
2) The stages of Child Development and the appropriate discipline.
3) What resources are available to support Parents, Caregiver and Children.

SHARE Family & Community Services
699 Robinson St, Coquitlam, BC
Wednesday February 27, 2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Limited seats available. To attend, Please register at:
Call: 604-669-1616

Limited childminding spaces will be available onsite; please let us know when registering if you will require childminding.

Held in partnership with SHARE Family & Community Services, with financial contributions from the Government of BC and United Way Lower Mainland.

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To be put on our contact list for our workshops – email office@parentsupportbc.ca

Blissful Parenting Workshop

Blissful Parenting is a 2- hour workshop FREE workshop based on positive discipline techniques that can turn “bad” child behavior around immediately! This workshop is about learning simple and highly effective methods for improving communication with your kids and addressing problem behaviours. Workshop facilitator 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.

Watch here for details on the next workshop.


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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