What are Parent Support Circles?

In-Person Circles Postponed, Online Circles Running

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are cancelling in-person Circles until further notice, for the health/safety of our families. Online Circles will continue as usual on Zoom. We will keep you informed of any further changes. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions. Stay safe!

Parent Support Circles are free, anonymous, confidential self-help groups offering weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators. Support Circles help parents, grandparents and others raising a family member’s child to learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share their stories and stresses, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover services and resources. The Circles strengthen the first link in a chain that connects positive caregiving with healthy children and help healthy families build strong communities. 

What are Support Circles?


Testimonials From Parent Support Circle Participants and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group Participants


How do I join?

During the COVID 19 Health Crisis – we are offering Online Support Circles, at different times of the day. To find out more, visit our regional pages, call our toll free number 1-877-345-9777, or click here. You can directly access our registration form here, and we will be in touch.

Please be aware that the Support Circle service is not a drop-in program and we do not advertise exact locations or links of Circles for safety and privacy reasons. You will need to call the local PSS phone number for your region or the referral number of a partner agency in your community in order to be referred to a Circle. Registration to the Circle is very important before you attend. You will be given all the information you need to take the next step in joining a group.

What will happen when I call about a Support Circle?

When you call (or, when you are contacted after filling out our form), you will speak with a staff member of Parent Support Services. Whomever you talk to will ask for some basic information and a convenient time for a facilitator to contact you. We usually ask if we can leave a message in your voicemail if needed. To protect your privacy, you can say no to this.

You will then be referred to a Circle facilitator. They will call you within 72 hours to tell you more about the program and the specific group and ask for some more info. The two of you may arrange to meet and talk further before the next meeting, or you may simply be invited to the next meeting.

The most important thing you need to know is that the person on the other end of the phone will appreciate the courage it has taken for you to pick up the phone and say, “I think I need help.”

What will happen when I attend a Support Circle?

All Support Circles follow a similar plan but the details for each meeting vary from one Circle to another. Many Circles open with each parent or kinship caregiver saying how they are and how their week with their children has been. Participants discuss parenting concerns in the supportive setting provided. One of the most important things about Support Circles is that they respond to the needs expressed by the people who attend them.

What else do I need to know about parenting support circles?

In some communities, Circles operate in various languages. There are also Support Circles for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Kinship Caregivers).

Parent Support Services Society of BC ensures that anyone parenting or caring for children and teens will be comfortable joining a Support Circle.

When Circles are running in-person, Parent Support Services is able to provide childcare in most locations and/or a small subsidy to pay for childcare and transportation, if needed. Our objective is to remove the obstacles that might prevent someone from attending a Support Circle.

I’m a Grandparent or other Kinship Caregiver. Are there Support Circles for me?

There are Support Circles specifically for those who are raising their friends or relatives’ children (Kinship Caregivers or Grandparents Raising Grandchildren). Please contact our Kinship Care Help Line, which can give you more information and refer you to a Kinship Care Support Circle.

Regional Circles

Regional Service

Click on your region to see what support circles are offered in your area. We also offer language-specific support circles by region. 

Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley

Interior BC

Prince George/Northern BC

Vancouver Island

Provincial Circles

Province Wide Service

Our Provincial wide virtual Parent Support circles are co-facilitated Zoom sessions. These Circles are here to provide a safe and confidential space for Parents and GRG/Kinship Caregivers, to share the challenges, concerns, questions and offer the support you need during COVID-19

Click here for a flyer with our Provincial Circles

General Parenting Support Circles

Mondays • 9:00pm • via Zoom
Tuesdays • 7:00pm • via Zoom
Wednesday • 7:30pm • via Zoom
Thursdays • 10:00am • via Zoom
Thursdays • 7:00pm • via Zoom

For Fathers or Those in Fathering roles
Wednesdays •  7:30pm • via Zoom 

For Single Parents
Fridays •  8:30pm • via Zoom 

For Parents Raising Teens (13+)
Thursdays • 7:30pm • via Zoom 

For Parenting Anxiety/Depression (13+)
Sundays • 7:30pm • via Zoom 

For Parenting Children W/ADHD
Wednesdays • 7:00pm • via Zoom
Sundays • 10:00am • via Zoom

Kinship Care Support Circles 
Mondays •  10:00am • via Zoom 
Tuesdays •  7:30pm • via Zoom 
Thursdays •  10:00am • via Zoom 

To register for any provincial Circle:
Registration Form
1-877-345-9777 (Toll-Free) ext. 100

If there is no Circle in your area, contact our Provincial Program Director:
604-669-1616 ext.105

Language Specific Parent Support Circles

We offer Parent Support Circles in 7 languages. Currently, we are running circles in 7 languages in the Lower Mainland region. Go to your region page to find the contact information for your support circle.

Ofrecemos círculos de soporte en 7 idiomas. Actualmente, corremos en círculos en 7 idiomas en la región del Bajo Continente. Vaya a la página de su región para encontrar la información de contacto de su círculo de soporte.

Spanish Circle
Mondays • 7:00pm • via Zoom
Fridays • 12:00pm • In-Person (NEW)

7개 언어로 지원 서클을 제공합니다. 현재 Lower Mainland 지역에서 7개 언어로 서클을 운영하고 있습니다. 지역 페이지로 이동하여 지원 서클의 연락처 정보를 찾으십시오.

Korean Circle
Mondays • 8:00pm • via Zoom

我们提供 7 种语言的支持圈。 目前,我们正在低陆平原地区以 7 种语言开展活动。 转到您所在地区的页面以查找您的支持圈子的联系信息。

Mandarin Circle
Thursdays • 10:00am • via Zoom

我們提供 7 種語言的支持圈。 目前,我們正在低陸平原地區以 7 種語言開展活動。 轉到您所在地區的頁面以查找您的支持圈子的聯繫信息。

Cantonese Circle
Fridays • 7:00pm • via Zoom

Nag-aalok kami ng mga lupon ng suporta sa 7 wika. Sa kasalukuyan, nagpapatakbo kami ng mga lupon sa 7 wika sa rehiyon ng Lower Mainland. Pumunta sa pahina ng iyong rehiyon upang mahanap ang impormasyon sa pakikipag-ugnayan para sa iyong lupon ng suporta.

Filipino Circle
Saturday • 1:00pm • via Zoom

نحن نقدم دوائر دعم بـ 7 لغات. حاليًا ، نحن ندير دوائر بسبع لغات في منطقة البر الرئيسي السفلي. انتقل إلى صفحة المنطقة الخاصة بك للعثور على معلومات الاتصال لدائرة الدعم الخاصة بك.

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GRG/Kinship Facebook group

Province Wide Service

The GRG/Kinship Support BC Facebook group provides a larger opportunity for connection, and sharing of resources and information.  Grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers in BC can join using the link below. This is a private group for kinship caregivers only.