Adoption Resource & Support (ARS)

Who is it for?

  • Those who may be considering adopting.
  • Those who are already in the process of adopting.
  • Those who have completed an adoption and are looking for ongoing peer support or information.
  • Also, for those with a referral from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), ARS provides services during the transition from foster family to adoptive family.

Our Goal

To assist adoptive parents and children to have healthy experiences throughout the adoption journey. This service is provided through education, skill building and support in the areas of:

  • Attachment
  • Understanding the effects of grief and loss
  • Information to support children who may be living with special needs
  • Life Books
  • Retaining a child’s connection to their culture
  • Maximizing a child’s understanding of adoption as they mature
  • Accessing information about community services and referral to services when appropriate.

Our Services

  • Confidential phone-in and drop-in support.
  • Semi-annual Adoption Support Newsletter.
  • Adoption section in the Resource Centre’s FREE community library that includes adoption related children’s books.
  • Three annual events for adoptive families and friends: a Family Barbeque, Skating Party, and Pool Party. Families report these are the best way to connect with the adoption community.
  • Links to community workshops, speakers and on-line learning.
  • Connections to province-wide support/education through Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFA- BC).

ARS service is free and available without a referral. Some referrals are made by an Adoption Social Worker at MCFD. You can request services directly by contacting:

ARS is a part-time program. If you don’t reach an ARS worker, leave a message and you will be contacted at the worker’s next possible opportunity.

Address / Contact Info

Shuswap Family Resource & Referral Centre
181 Trans Canada Hwy NE Salmon Arm, BCV1E 4P1
Mailing address:
Box 914
Salmon Arm, BC
V1E 4P1
on the corner of Alexander St. NE and the highway

Phone Numbers

Phone : (250) 832-2170 Ext. 354
Fax : (250) 833-0137

Service Details

Languages spoken: English

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This program was last updated on 08 Nov 2016.