Kids & Family

Find support for your children and family

Resources

Aboriginal Mother Centre

A place where Aboriginal mothers facing homelessness or dealing with their children in care of the Ministry can stay

Autism Society of BC and Yukon

Provides information and support to individuals and families affected by autism

BC Kids and Youth: Search Tool 

A search tool for classes and programs available to children and youth

BC Centre for Ability Association

Enhances the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion in all aspects of life

 

Blind Beginnings

Inspires children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, providing diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities for them to create fulfilling lives

 

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Directory

Find an occupational therapist in your area

Canucks Autism Network

Recreational, employment, and skills training for autistic children and youth

Childcare Directory

Find childcare nearby

Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC

Teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk, giving them the skills and confidence they need to achieve their fullest potential

Child Protection Services

Child protection services in BC are intended to safeguard children from harm. Find an office location nearby.

City of Vancouver Youth Recreation Programs

Programs for Vancouver youth. Young persons age 8-18 can also receive support from youth workers who provide additional support and resources. 

City of Vancouver Childcare

Information and resources about childcare in Vancouver

 

Deaf Children’s Society of BC

Provides programs and services that offer expertise and guidance as families with deaf and hard of hearing children ages 0-5 navigate through opportunities for speech, language, education, and communication

 

Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

Empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential through language, life skills, recreation, and family support

 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Helps strengthen families through counselling, employment and family services, education, and advocacy. Call their family support line at 1-800-441-5403.

Family Support Institute

Supports families through workshops, training, and advocacy

Find Childcare Nearby

Use the following resources to find childcare, check to see if your provider participates in the fee reduction initiative, access additional early years supports, or to search licensed providers in your community

Justice Access Centre

Helps with family and civil law issues such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing, or debt

 

Healthy Kids Program

Provides coverage

 

Helpline for Children

If you are a child or youth and would like to talk to someone call the Helpline for Children at 310-1234.

You do not need an area code. You can call at any time of the day or night and you do not have to give your name.

Kids Brain Health Network

Kids Brain works to understand the causes of conditions including autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy

Kinship Care Help Line

The Kinship Care Help Line provides support, advocacy and resource information to grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child as well as to service providers and allies. Call 604-558-4740 or email kinshipcare@parentsupportbc.ca 

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society

Helping individuals with Down syndrome develop their potential through educational workshops and therapy, community support, and resources

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Provides a range of children, youth, and family services

Mothers Matter Centre

Equips mothers facing multiple barriers to become engaged citizens, confident parents, and prepare their children for success in school

Neighbourhood Houses

Neighbourhood houses offer a range of programs, including for children and youth. Find a neighbourhood house near you.

 

Pacific Autism Family Network

PAFM provides support at locations throughout BC for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the province

Parents Legal Centre

Helps parents with child protection issues

Registering for Public School in Vancouver

Information on how to register your child for public school in Vancouver

Speech and Hearing BC

Find a nearby speech, hearing, and language professional

 

StrongStart BC

A free program emphasizing learning through play, language, and positive social interactions, with the goal of preparing children 0-5 for kindergarten

The Pace Program

Provides a range of early intervention and treatment services to young children and their families, where there may be ongoing concerns about the child’s emotional well-being

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services

Provides restorative, holistic and culturally-grounded family services

Vancouver Public Library: Programs for Kids

Fun and educational programs for children

Vi Fineday Family Shelter

Shelter and housing for homeless families. Services include help finding permanent housing, 24-hour on-site staff, meals, referrals, and access to internet, phone and fax.

Westcoast Child Resource Centre

WCCRC provides parents and guardians with tools and resources to help find quality child care in Vancouver

YMCA Youth Programs

Everything from outdoor adventure to employment

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What funding is there to help support my family?

  • Some funding opportunities are the Canada Child Benefit, Rental Assistance Program, Affordable Childcare Benefit, Adult Upgrading Grant, BC Training and Education Saving Grant, and Young Parent Program

 

Where can I get help with a family-related legal matter?

  • Family legal services are provided by justice access centres, parents legal centres, and RISE Women's Legal Centre

 

How do I find childcare?

  • View childcare providers nearby here and here

  • Plan ahead and apply as soon as you can and place your child's name on waitlists if no spots are free. Look into funding options for childcare. Apply widely, but don't sacrifice quality.

 

  • Here are 10 things to look for when choosing a childcare provider