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Adoption Options

Phone: 780-433-5656

Website: www.adoptionoptions.com    

A private, not for profit, adoption agency committed to providing counseling and services to expectant parents and adoptive parents since 1984.  We are the leaders in open adoption, bringing birth and adoptive families together.  All services to expectant parents are free, regardless of the final decision of placing or not placing a child for adoption. We want “birthparents” to make the right decision for them and their child. Also offering parent support groups.

 

Alberta Justice – Focus on Communication in Separation (FOCIS)  

Website: Search FOCIS at www.albertacourts.ab.ca

Phone: 780-644-5092

FOCIS is a free 6-hour, skill based communication class for separated or divorced parents of young children. The workshop teaches parents how to communicate effectively while parenting apart. Parents learn how to help their children by showing them that people do not have to argue to get their ideas across.

 

Alberta Parenting for the Future Association

Phone: 780-963-0549

E-mail: info@apfa.ca

Website: apfa.ca

Operating in the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County, our focus is on building parental skills, communication, and strengthening the relationships between parents and children. We are now the contact for the Parkland Parent Link Centre.

 

ASSIST Community Services Centre

Phone: 780-429-3111

Website: www.assistcsc.org  

Provides programs and services to persons new to Canada, including Nobody’s Perfect parenting education, family services information and referrals, and more.

 

Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (ASAC)

Phone: 780-425-7993

Address: 7219 -106 Street (side door)

Website: asac.ab.ca

We offer: Library 10am to noon Wednesdays; and Playgroup 10am to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Attachment Parenting Edmonton Society (APES)

Phone: 780-257-5258

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/138776576190118/

Monthly meeting: Second Wednesday 10:30-12:30 at the Ritchie Community League, 7727 - 98 Street, Edmonton. APES is a non-profit organization that supports parents on their journey towards peaceful and attached family relationships.

 

Ben Calf Robe Society -Kihci Awasisak Program

Website: www.bcrsociety.ab.ca

Phone: 780-477-6648

Offers Traditional Parenting, Health for Two, Auntie’s Storytelling, Crafts, Healthy Families and Scrapbooking. Call for more information.

 

Ben Calf Robe Society - Headstart Program

Phone: 780-477-6648

Website: www.bcrsociety.ab.ca

Early Intervention pre-school program for 3-4 year old Aboriginal children. September to June half day programming, transportation is available.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCBigs)

Phone: 780-424-8181

Website: www.bgcbigs.ca

Mission: To facilitate the healthy development of children, youth and their families by providing safe places, positive relationships, services and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interpersonal skills that enhance their long term success.

 

BriarPatch Family Life Education Centre

Phone: 780-464-3217

Address: #100A – 50 Brentwood Boulevard, Sherwood Park

Email: briarpatchkids@shaw.ca

Website: www.briarpatchkids.ca

Programs include the following: BriarPatch Community Preschool for 3, 4 & 5 year olds, featuring the concepts of Reggio Emilia & Waldorf Education; Birth Roots Childbirth Classes & Resources; Breastfeeding Support Program; Expressive Arts for Grieving Children, Teens & Families; The Compassionate Friends – for families who have lost a child of any age, for any reason; H.E.A.R.T.S. – for anyone who have been touched by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or any time after birth.

 

Alberta Health Services

Website: www.albertahealthservices.ca

Phone: 780-408-LINK (5465)

(24 hours a day) A range of services are available for families planning or expecting an infant, or who have a new baby. We also help families develop the understanding, skills and resources they need to: maintain or improve their health; prevent injuries and disease; identify health problems early; receive treatment for health problems; manage common illnesses and chronic illnesses; and find the right health services when needed.

 

Catholic Social Services  

Phone: 780-432-1137 (South Office)

Website: www.catholicsocialservices.ab.ca

Offers a variety of programs and services for children and families including adoption information, anger management, family counseling, programs for children and youth, parent/teen mediation and more. People of all faiths are welcome.

 

Changing Together – A Centre for Immigrant Women

Phone: 780-421-0175

Email: info@changingtogether.com

Website: changingtogether.com    

Offers information, referrals, family violence prevention workshops and numerous other programs to assist women who are new to Canada.

 

Circle of Friends Bullying Support Group

Email:  karen@overcomebullying.org

Circle of Friends is a support group aimed at kids, parents, educators, bullies, victims and bystanders. We aim to promote respectful, constructive, forthright communication between all parties involved in school aged bullying.

 

Community Options - A Society for Children and Families

Phone: 780-455-1818

Website: www.communityoptions.ab.ca   

Offers a wide variety of programs and services for families including information on childcare, services for children with disabilities, and the Inglewood Community and Family Resource Centre.

 

Dickinsfield Amity House

Phone: 780-478-5022

Email: info@amityhouse.ca

Website: www.amityhouse.ca

Provide educational and social programs to assist underprivileged families; these include parenting and preschool programs. We also offer classes in Active Parenting.

 

Edmonton & District Family Support Association

Phone: 780-496-9890

Email: edfsa@telusplanet.net

Website: www.edmontonfamilysupport.ca

Promoting the interests of children and seek to improve services to children and their families.  We offer foster family and biological family support and encourage fellowship, cooperation and helpfulness among members.  We also promote closer liaison between the community and families. We help individuals acquire medical equipment such as hospital beds, hospital cribs, over-the-bed tables, wheelchairs, commodes, standing frames, McLaren buggies etc.

 

Edmonton Down Syndrome Society

Phone: 780-944-4224

Email: contact@edss.ca  

Website: www.edss.ca

EDSS provides information and support for persons with Down syndrome and their families. Check our website for information on monthly general meetings and our casual evening Parent Groups. Trained volunteer parents will visit new parents to provide peer support and information. Support can be given in person, over the phone, or via email.

 

Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre

Phone: 780-973-4011 ext 6300

Email: information@mfrcedmonton.com

Website: www.familyforce.ca/sites/Edmonton

The Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre provides exemplary support, resources, programs and services that enhance the strength and resilience of military families to meet the unique challenges of military life.

 

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN)

Phone: 780-424-7709

E-mail: info@emcn.ab.ca

Website: www.emcn.ab.ca  

The Centre for Newcomers provides support to immigrant and refugee parents and families, regardless of their cultural background, religious beliefs or country of origin. Programs include: Community-based family literacy and parenting groups, and youth/family counseling; Educational brokers to assist families in communicating with schools; English as a second language classes with accompanying childcare.

 

Edmonton Twin and Triplet Club

Phone: 780-455-5520

Website: www.ettc.ca   

We provide moral support and guidance for parents to promote an interest in, and supply information about multiple births. For further information on our meeting dates and programs, please visit our website.

 

Edmonton VBAC Support Association/ICAN of Edmonton

Phone: Claudia Villeneuve 780-444-9527, Laurie Mapp 780-232-7905

Email: edmontonVBAC@gmail.com

Website: www.edmontonVBAC.com   

 We host free information and support meetings on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm regarding caesarean recovery and Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC).In addition we offer a specialty prenatal class called “ICAN Birth: Caesarean Prevention” at 6:00 pm for $25. Please RSVP by calling or sending an email.

 

 (The) Family Centre

Phone: 780-423-2831

Email: info@the-family-centre.com

Website: www.the-family-centre.com  

The Family Centre strives to build healthy families, healthy communities and healthy workplaces. We do this by providing a variety of services designed to help individuals, couples, families, groups and workplaces to achieve wellness and to reach their full potential.

 

FASD Support and Resources in Alberta

Website: www.fasd.typepad.com  

This website lists services, supports and resources specifically for families and other caregivers of children, youth and adults affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Edmonton, Calgary and other regions of Alberta.

 

Gateway Association for Community Living

Phone: 780-454 -0701

Address: #104-18304 105 Avenue

Website: www.gatewayassociation.ca

Gateway Association for Community Living is a non-profit organization that provides support and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

Grieving Parents

Phone: 780-451-5381

Email:  gpchair@grievingparents.ca

 Website: www.grievingparents.ca  

 A non-profit Society registered in the Province of Alberta whose membership have been providing continuous voluntary grief support to Albertans for over 15 years and a peer support group of other grieving parents, which seeks to provide caring, compassion, understanding and friendship.

 

H.E.A.R.T.S. Baby Loss Support Program

Phone: 780-464-3217

A program offered by the BriarPatch Family Life Education Centre. H.E.A.R.T.S. is a Baby Loss Support Program for anyone who has been touched by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or any time after birth. This unique program was started in 1996 to support families, their caregivers and professionals in the community. A second chapter was started in Red Deer for Central Alberta families. H.E.A.R.T.S. offers the following services: support group meetings, individual and family counselling, a resource lending library, care package for newly bereaved families, community workshops and presentations, annual candlelight memorial service, support for siblings (children & teens), support for grandparents, monthly newsletter, secondary program for subsequent pregnancies.

 

 ISTAR  

Phone: 780-492-2619

Email: istar@ualberta.ca

Website: www.istar.ualberta.ca   

The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research is a self-supporting, non-profit organization that offers specialized treatment to children, teens and adults who stutter. In addition, we conduct research into stuttering, and promote public awareness of stuttering and its treatment. ISTAR is an institute of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada       

Edmonton Chapter

Phone: 780-428-0343

Address: 17321 108 Avenue NW, Centre 107

Fax: 780-428-0348

E-mail: edmonton@jdrf.ca

Website: www.jdrf.ca

If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, we at JDRF are here to help.

 

KARA Family Resource Centre

North East Edmonton Parent Link Centre

Phone: 780-478-5396

Address: 6717-132Ave. (Main Site)

E-Mail: info@kara-frc.ca

Website: www.kara-frc.ca

Connect with other parents and families in your community. We run groups and programs where parents can share parenting skills and knowledge. We also offer early childhood programs, Collective Kitchens, and Health for Two.

 

Kids Kottage Foundation

Phone: 780-448-1752

Crisis line: 780-944-2888

Intake email: intake@kidskottage.org

General email: info@kidskottage.org

Website: www.kidskottage.org   

Children can become vulnerable to abuse and neglect when their parents are consumed by crisis and distress in their lives. Kids Kottage provides care for the children in a safe, warm, loving environment. Trained staff and volunteers tend to the physical and emotional needs of the children during their stay of up to 72 hours.

 

La Leche League

Phone: 780-478-0507

 Website: www.lllc.ca  

La Leche League offers breastfeeding information and support, through our helpline and monthly meetings. By calling the helpline number or checking lllc.ca you can get information about local groups as well as assistance with breastfeeding questions.  

 

 (The) Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (Edmonton Chapter) (LDAA)

Phone: 780-466-1011

Address: 5540 - 106 Ave (St. Gabriel's School)

Website: www.ldalberta.ca

The LDAA-EC is an organization dedicated to providing learning disability information to its members and to the general public. If you have questions regarding any kind of learning disability, please contact our organization and we'll be happy to assist you.

 

Little Warriors

Phone: 1-888-440-1343 (toll free)

Local (Edmonton) phone: 780-447-1343

Website: www.littlewarriors.ca  

Little Warriors is a charitable organization with a national focus to help prevent child sexual abuse. Take action and register today in the Stewards of Children program. It is a revolutionary child sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program runs three hours in length and the cost is $30.00 per participant. Two or more registrations are $25.00 and non-profit organizations are $20.00. To register, please visit littlewarriors.ca. 

 

Midlife Moms

Website: www.meetup.com/midlifemoms/

This is a group is for modern day moms, women over 35 who are parenting, adopting, pregnant or are trying to become pregnant. The goal is to support each other, share experiences, make new friends and most importantly have fun!

 

Mill Woods Family Resource Centre Society

Main Office: 5704 – 19A Avenue

Address: Knottwood Site: 1733Millwoods Road

 ............... Millbourne Community Site: 3756–78 Street

 Phone: 780-413-4521

 Email: info@mwfrc.org

Website: www.mwfrc.org  

Mill Woods Family Resource Centre responds to the many challenges and stressors families face by offering free programs and services in a comfortable environment. Programs and services include: early childhood development, children & youth, parent education, family support, information and referrals to community services, and developmental screening for children birth to age five.

 

Misericordia Children’s Health Clinic – Behavioural Health Program

Phone: 780-735-2613

Misericordia Children’s Health Centre offers classes for parents of preschool and elementary school aged children with challenging behaviours. Subsidies are available. Please call for more information or to register.

 

Missing Children Society of Canada

Phone: 1-800-661-6160 (toll free)

E-mail: info@mcsc.ca

Website: www.mcsc.ca  

The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the search for abducted and missing children.

 

MFRC Drop-In Playgroup

Phone: 780-973-4011 ext 6300

Website: http://www.familyforce.ca/sites/Edmonton/EN/Children%20and%20Youth/Pages/0-6years.aspx

Ages: Parents and children birth to 8 years

This playgroup is an interactive program designed for Defense Team members, employees & families and their children birth to eight years. Playgroup provides parents, caregivers and children an opportunity to participate in child development activities in a supervised setting. The program stimulates the understanding of child development needs introduces parents to the multitude of resources available at the MFRC. Playgroups run Mondays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the MFRC. There is a drop-In fee of $1/per session for each child OR $10.00 for 15 sessions and is free for babies under 12 months.

 

MFRC Rhythm and Rhyme Family Time

Phone: 780-973-4011 ext 6313 (Faith Wichuk)

Website: http://www.familyforce.ca/sites/Edmonton/EN/Children%20and%20Youth/Pages/0-6years.aspx

This is a partnership program between Sturgeon Literacy and the Military Family Resource Centre. Families with children birth to 6 years can learn songs and rhymes in a fun, interactive setting, and enhance children’s pre-literacy skills.  This program has been designed to assist families who are concerned about their child’s development or who are dealing with a lot of stressors. This free program runs from Sep 13 to Nov 15 (10 weeks), 9:30 am – 11 am at the MFRC. Contact Faith Wichuk to determine if you qualify for this program.

 

Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op

Phone: 780-423-1973

Website: www.albertahealthservices.ca/services.asp?pid=service&rid=5833

 9538 - 107 Ave

The Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op provides health education and family support to immigrant and refugee families, including prenatal education, post-natal outreach and parenting support in 15 different languages.

 

MyHealth.Alberta.ca

Website: www.myhealth.alberta.ca    

MyHealth.Alberta.ca will help you to take charge of your health. You can search for health, disease and medicine information as well as find local health care services. Brought to you by The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.

 

Newcomers’ of Edmonton

Website: www.edmontonnewcomersclub.com  

The Newcomers’ Club of Edmonton is designed for women of all ages who are new to the area within the last two years. This is a great way to meet people who share the common experience of being the new kid in town! We have many different sub-groups such as our weekly Moms & Tots club, monthly Ladies Night Out, Friday Coffees and Scrapbooking just to name a few...There is something for everyone. Please check out our website for more information and welcome to Edmonton!

 

New Moms Network

Phone: 780-413-7980

Website:  www.albertahealthservices.ca  & search words “new moms network”

Available across the Edmonton area, these sessions provide an opportunity for women to connect with other new moms and learn more about the health and development of their child. Infants need to be between the age of 6 weeks and 6 months at the start of the series. $30.00 fee. Fees can be waived. Speak with a nurse at the health centre or enquire with the registration clerk at 780-413-7980.

 

Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre

Phone: 780-471-3737

Website: www.norwoodcentre.com

Provide educational programs such as Head Start, Early Start, and Healthy Families programs, along with several other family resources.

 

One World, One Centre

Phone:  780-944-2001

Address: 12050 95 A Street

Website: www.ecsd.net/whats_new/one_world.html

This is a reception centre that welcomes and provides centralized services to newly-arrived students and families to the Edmonton Catholic Schools district who are non-Canadian or non-Resident Canadian Citizens.  One World, One Centre houses several wrap-around services that provide additional support to Edmonton Catholic Schools, their students and families.

 

Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health (PCWH)

Phone: 780-401-BOOK (2665)

Email: pcwh@albertahealthservices.ca

Are you concerned about your child’s weight? The PCWH provides weight management care for children and teens with a family-centered focus. There are two clinics in Edmonton: PCWH Stollery at the Edmonton General, and PCWH Misericordia. Print off a referral form from www.albertahealthservices.ca/pcwh and ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to complete it. For more info, contact Thea: 780-342-8406.

 

PLAN Edmonton

Phone: 780-488-2422

Website: www.planedmonton.ca  

The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network Edmonton facilitates networks of support, for families who have a relative with a disability and who may be isolated and vulnerable.

 

Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Ltd.

Phone: 778.215.7418

Email: info@ppda.ca

Website:  www.ppda.ca

The PMDA project has two main goals: more Awareness & better Resources for postpartum depression and other postpartum mood disorders. January is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month! PPDA has a comprehensive Resource Website that lists most of the resources available in Edmonton and area for postpartum depression. As well PPDA runs a weekly Support Group. Please visit our website for more information.

 

Salvation Army - Edmonton Community & Family Services

Phone: 780-424-9222

Address: 9620 101a Ave

 Offer a variety of support services to families including counseling, an emergency food depot, and crisis support (suicide prevention).

 

Sidekicks Mentoring Program

Phone: 780-459-6666

Address: #10, 215 Carnegie Drive, St. Albert

E-mail: sidekicks@stalbertcivc.com

Website: www.sidekicksmentoring.com

For over 20 years, the Sidekicks Mentoring Program has matched volunteers from the community to St. Albert’s children in need of friendship. These children are in need of mentors and positive role models with whom to spend quality time with. We continue to serve St. Albert’s families in need and strive to attain our goal of improving the self-esteem and confidence levels of these children and the quality of life for the whole family. We also strive to provide opportunities for all members involved to experience new and rewarding activities.

 

St. Albert Family Resource Centre

Phone: 780-459-7377

Address: Suite10A, 215 Carnegie Drive, St. Albert

E-mail: sapp@stalbertparentsplace.com

Website: recpt@stalbertfrc.ca

We are a non-profit family resource center serving St. Albert and the surrounding communities. Early Childhood Programs, parented and un-parented, child & youth programs, adult programs and support groups make up over 100 courses and workshops offered annually. We have Home Visitation and Head Start Programs. We also host special events throughout the year; Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Halloween party and the Roy Financial Mayor’s Walk for Charity.

 

St. Albert Newcomers’ Club  

Phone: 780-458-5566 (Janet)

Email: sanewcomers@stalbertnewcomersclub.com

Website: www.stalbertnewcomersclub.com

The St. Albert Newcomers’ Club is designed to give ladies that are new to an area the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with others who live in the community. We have many “sub clubs” and encourage our members to develop new relationships by sharing interests and hobbies with each other. They meet the second Tuesday of every month.

 

Starfish Family Resources - RAINBOWS™

Phone: 780-448-1180

Toll Free: 1-800-416-4673

E-mail: info@starfishfamilyresources.org

Website: www.starfishfamilyresources.org

Starfish Family Resources provides free, confidential RAINBOWS™ peer support programs through its partnered sites to Alberta families. Our mission is to help children, adolescents and adults in accepting, healing and moving forward after a death, divorce, separation or abandonment. Through fun activities, games and discussions, RAINBOWS™ helps children understand and accept the changes in their lives.

 

Stepping Stones

Phone: 780-437-3000 (ext 4)     

Facebook: YFC Edmonton Stepping Stones

Website : www.stepping-stones.ca

A program designed to support, encourage and assist pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton.  Our programs offer a powerful sense of belonging and opportunities to develop essential parenting and life skills including support for breastfeeding, discipline, budgeting, nutrition, cooking/baking and goal setting. Although Stepping Stones is currently not taking any new clients you can contact them if you would like to be a part of Stepping Stones. They will take some information from you and inform you when there is a spot available in the program

 

Strathcona County Twins and More Club

Email: president@strathconacountytwinsandmore.com

Strathcona County Twins & More Club is a social support group for parents or guardians of twins, triplets, quads or more living in Strathcona County and surrounding areas. We connect with local support agencies, speakers and organizations that can help us better cope with parenting 2, 3 or more children at the same time! We act as a social support for one another and help each other through all stages of parenting from multiple pregnancy, premature births, nursing, toddlerhood, the school ages, discipline and everything else!

 

Terra Centre for Teen Parents

Phone : 780-428-3772

Email: terra@terracentre.ca

Website:  www.terracentre.ca  

Terra has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton since 1971. We offer a variety of programs and services including individual and group support, life skills, advocacy, child development information and parenting support. We also regularly offer parenting classes for teen moms and dads.

 

The Tiny Light Foundation

E-mail: info@thetinylight.com

Website: www.thetinylight.com

The Tiny Light Foundation is a non-profit organization and registered charity that provides professional photography for children and families that have been faced with a life altering diagnoses. We provide families with the lasting memories in the form of Photography.

 

Tourette Syndrome Support  

Phone: 1-866-824-9764 (toll free)

E-mail: TSEdChapter@tagline.cc

Website: www.tsedmonton.com

The Edmonton Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada offers support and information for parents of children with Tourette Syndrome. Our support meetings are held every second month on the third Thursday of the month at Bear Family Children's Center at 509 King Street, Spruce Grove, Alberta from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Please check our website for more information including dates to other events, summer camps, and guest speakers.

 

Welcome Wagon

Phone: 1-866-824-7545

Email: info@welcomewagon.ca

Website:  www.welcomewagon.ca   

We are proud to be a partner in your commitment to the Edmonton Community. With civic and business information, free gifts and invitations, Welcome Wagon reaches new residents, expectant and new mothers, Brides to be and more!

 

Edmonton’s Child ‘Family Classes and Support’ is a free listing provided as a service to our readers; always phone ahead to confirm availability and times of sessions. To list your free family class, please send a short summary including days and times to editor@edmontonschild.com.

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