Family Services & Programs

The SPFB understands that many single parents require extra supports with not just food bank services, but also family programming to ensure strategies leading to longer-term, improved living.  There are a number of programs available in the lower mainland to assist single parents.  Please feel free to contact these programs directly for more information.

If you do not see a program here that is applicable or local to you, conduct a search using Red Book Online.  It is your web connection to information about community, social, and government services in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts.  You can dial 211 for direct contact at no charge.

  • Aboriginal Child & Family Support Services - VACFSS is an Aboriginal non-profit society providing service to urban Aboriginal children and families living in the Greater Vancouver area. We strive to culturally and spiritually strengthen Aboriginal families through holistic service delivery. Our goal is to work to create a stronger community through partnerships with other service providers and by connecting with community resources.
  • Access ProBono - APB operates an extensive network of summary legal advice clinics throughout the province.  Clients can make appointments through our Vancouver office and, in some instances, directly through the local clinic. Our volunteer lawyers provide up to a half-hour of free legal advice to clients, and additional appointments may be available.  Our pro bono lawyers provide summary legal advice to low- and modest-income individuals on a wide range of legal issues, including family, immigration, criminal, and civil law (such as debt, employment, welfare, and housing).
  • Act II Child and Family Services - Since 1980, ACT 2 Child and Family Services has helped transform the lives of those who have experienced the effects of violence, sexual abuse and trauma in their lives. We work with children, youth and adults to help them rebuild their lives through counselling, education, housing and support.  Our programs and services are designed to meet a wide range of issues such as parent education, family counselling, sexual abuse counselling, specialized therapeutic intervention, and second-stage shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC - Over 100,000 peoples across BC are assisted each year by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC. The Organization has more than 300 programs and services from child care to family resources to support for youth and seniors to community dinners and special events to camping and outdoor adventures. We work with volunteers from all walks of life - some have been with ANHBC for over 30 years!
  • BC Council of Families - You're not alone.  Parenting is a demanding job. Fortunately, no one needs to do it alone.  With the support and encouragement of other parents and trained leaders, you'll discover how to make the most of your relationship with your child, through one of our acclaimed parenting programs.
  • Building Blocks Vancouver - MOSAIC is a multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.
  • Burnaby Family Life Agency - Since 1971, Burnaby Family Life has been offering programs and services to individuals and families in Burnaby. Over the past four decades, we’ve grown, we’ve expanded and we’ve helped thousands upon thousands of people to live a better life in a better community.  With a broad range of social services to meet the needs of a diverse and changing community, Burnaby Family Life provides programs in counselling, parenting, pregnancy, English language skills, childhood literacy, childcare and life skills classes for people without a home.
  • BC Family Maintenance Enforcement Program - We monitor and enforce maintenance orders and agreements (for either child support or spousal support). Many maintenance payments are paid on time and in full, but some people like having a third party (FMEP) involved to track the payments. If payments aren't made, we contact the payor to try to get payment voluntarily and develop a plan for paying the arrears.
  • Cameray Child and Family Services - Cameray Child and Family Services is a community-based agency committed to the strengthening of individuals and families through a spectrum of services including counselling, education, outreach and advocacy.  We are a non-profit agency serving Burnaby and New Westminster residents since 1972.
  • BC Coalition of People with Disabilities - BCCPD has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in BC for over 30 years. Their mission is to support people, regardless of their disability, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society.
  • Directions at Family Services of Greater Vancouver - Directions Youth Services Centre, operated by Family Services of Greater Vancouver, provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with a single entry point to access the tools, support, and guidance they so desperately need to go about making healthy, positive changes in their lives. Directions strives to be accessible to all youth, regardless of their circumstances and fosters a culture of respect. Directions Youth Services Centre is working closely with the community to develop solutions to end youth homelessness in Vancouver and to change the community's perception of street-involved youth.
  • Family Law Legislation - On Nov. 23, 2011, a new family law bill was passed in the B.C. legislature. The Family Law Act will come fully into force on March 18, 2013. The act places the safety and best interests of the child first when families are going through separation and divorce. It also clarifies parental responsibilities and the division of assets if relationships break down, addresses family violence and encourages families to resolve their disputes out of court. The new act replaces the Family Relations Act.
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver - At some point in life, everyone gets stuck. Since 1928, people experiencing challenges have been turning to Family Services of Greater Vancouver—a community-based not-for-profit organization providing crucial social services to children, youth, adults, and families across British Columbia's lower mainland. We offer support, provide hope, and present opportunities—helping people realize and create possibilities for themselves. And we do this through a combination of professional counselling, therapy, education, advocacy, planning, and other supportive services. All of our work is about building healthy, vibrant tomorrows.
  • First Step Family Counselling - Located in West Vancouver, Jeanie McKenzie, BA Psych, MA Ed, RCC, Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate, is married and a mother of four, with personal experience confronting the issues couples and single parents face in parenting children through youth, adolescence and early adulthood. She has a deep understanding of the complex challenges parents and children must deal with in today’s changing world.
  • Fraserside Community Services Society - Fraserside is a non-profit multi-service organization providing quality services to individuals and families in New Westminster, Burnaby, Delta, Surrey and the Tri-Cities.  Some of the services we offer include:  Volunteer Opportunities, Assistance to Low Income Families, Employment Resource Centre, Programs For Adults with a  Development Disability, Programs For Adults with Mental Health, Issues, Counselling, Emergency Shelters and Housing Support.
  • Gordon House Youth S.E.A.R.C.H. - At G.H.Y.S. we have made it our mission to empower youth facing barriers to employment by offering innovative and supportive programs that initiate positive change and personal success in their lives. The youth we serve often have feelings of low self worth and feel that they cannot participate in the communities they live in. Prolonged experience of such feelings can lead to disengagement or isolation within society, which only contributes to increased frustration, social conflict and misunderstanding. In this context, G.H.Y.S. helps youth to reconnect and reintegrate within their larger surrounding puzzle: the community they are meant to live and participate in.
  • Hospitality Project - Located in New Westminster, The Hospitality Project and Hospitality Drop In includes a resource office open five days a week, a part-time Community Resource Worker, courtesy phone and support for 12-step recovery groups.  The Hospitality Project is open on Food Bank days and also includes a Family Place drop-in for children, high school upgrade teachers through School District #40 and a variety of community resources.
  • Inland Refugee Society of British Columbia - Inland Refugee Society of British Columbia (IRS-BC) is a non-profit, non-governmental agency dedicated to assisting families and individuals seeking refugee protection in Canada.  Since 1984, IRS-BC has addressed poverty, hunger, homelessness and social integration amongst refugee claimant newcomers in Metro Vancouver.
  • Jewish Family Services Agency - For 75 years JFSA has been providing opportunities to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families. We are a social service organization committed to Jewish values, ethics and community. JFSA offers a comprehensive continuum of service for individuals and families at all ages and stages of life in the Jewish and wider community.
  • Kiwassa Neighbourhood House - Kiwassa Neighbourhood House is a gathering place where people of all ages, cultures and walks of life can make friends, participate in programs, find resources, share ideas, and contribute to community life.  We are a grassroots volunteer-led non-profit organization. We provide a broad range of accessible, free and affordable programs for children, youth, families, seniors and adults, and volunteer and leadership opportunities in the northeast of  Vancouver.  Kiwassa values and appreciates diversity and we seek to include and reflect all who live here.
  • Métis Family Services - The Mission of Métis Family Services is to be a supportive agency which works hand in hand to nurture, promote and protect balance within families.
  • MCFD Child Care Subsidy - The Province of British Columbia is committed to helping families obtain affordable, accessible, safe, quality child care. Child Care Subsidy is a monthly payment to assist eligible BC families with the cost of child care. Monthly subsidy payments vary depending on your family’s circumstances. Your eligibility will be determined when your application and all supporting documents are received by the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre. You may be eligible to receive full or partial subsidy based on your family's circumstances. 
  • MOSAIC - MOSAIC is a multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.  MOSAIC's mandate is to support and to empower immigrant and refugee communities, helping them to address critical issues in their neighborhoods and workplace.
  • MOSAIC Newcomers' Center for Children and Families - The project is based on the belief that the healthy growth and development of young refugee children occurs within the context of healthy families and requires the support of the whole community.  The ultimate goal of the project is to integrate refugee children and their families into mainstream programs and services. There are nine service-activities in the Centre.
  • New Hope Community Services Society - We assist refugee claimants and new Canadian immigrants to become interdependent and productive members of Canadian society by providing transitional housing and connections with spiritual, social, personal, educational, residential and vocational support.
  • Options: Community Services to Society - We are a non-profit Society and registered Charity dedicated to making a difference.  We are committed to empowering individuals, supporting families and promoting community health.  Everyday, we aim to achieve these goals through a wide variety of programs and projects.
  • PLEA Community Services Society of BC - PLEA is dedicated to providing the best possible support and service to children, youth, adults and families who face significant challenges in their communities. We emphasize the potential of each person, build on individual strengths, focus on opportunities for development and growth, and stress the importance of adult role models and learning through positive activity. We work to ensure that our service elements are as comprehensive and relevant for each participant or resident as possible. We are continually adapting our programs and customizing our responses to each person’s diverse strengths, needs and circumstances.
  • Purpose Society of the Lower Mainland - The Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families is a non-profit society. With over 100 employees, we provide a variety of social, health and educational programs together with a continuum of services to Lower Mainland communities.
  • Right from the Start Parenting Program - Right from the Start is an attachment-based course for parents of infants 0-1 year old. Dr. Alison Niccols of the Infant-Parent Program, Chedoke Child and Family Centre, and her colleagues, have developed this 8-session parenting course, to enhance caregiver skills in reading infant cues and responding sensitively. The course uses attachment theory as a framework and active adult learning principles. Right from the Start is appropriate for parents of all infants under 1, and especially those at risk for social, emotional, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties. There is no cost for parents to participate and transportation and child care is provided as needed.
  • Salvation Army, BC - The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
  • Share Family & Community Services - SHARE Family & Community Services Society is a non- profit, independent, community based organization providing leadership and programs in response to the social needs of the residents of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra), New Westminster and adjacent communities.
  • Sheway - Sheway provides comprehensive health and social services to women who are either pregnant or parenting children less than 18 months old and who are experiencing current or previous issues with substance use. The program consists of prenatal, postnatal and infant health care, education and counseling for nutrition, child development, addictions, HIV and Hepatitis C, housing and parenting. Sheway also assists in fulfilling basic needs, such as providing daily nutritious lunches, food coupons, food bags, nutritional supplements, formula, and clothing.
  • South Hill Resources (2004) Ltd - Connexus Family & Children Services provides emergency housing support and specialized long-term housing for youth and young adults. While in residence, our youth receive counselling and assessment, helping them to move from crisis mode toward a structured and supported future. Once stable, we help facilitate the transition to specialized homes that are appropriate for continued care and stabilized support.
  • Sources Community Resource Centre - Family Services provides counselling and support to families in White Rock and South Surrey who are in crisis or whose children are at risk. Services include Preservation and Reunification, Family Development Response, Visitation and Access, and Family therapy.  All referrals are from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
  • St. James Community Services - St. James Community Service Society is a broad-based social service agency providing care and support today for the most marginalized and vulnerable, while also working to transform communities for the future. For 50 years we have been making a difference in the lives of people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, throughout the city, and across the Lower Mainland.
  • Vancouver Youth Services - VancouverYouth.ca is the City of Vancouver’s youth portal.  It was created, and is maintained, by youth and staff in the Social Policy Division at the City of Vancouver. We’ve been online since 2003, digitally engaging Vancouver’s young residents in municipal decision-making and in their communities.
  • VLM Multicultural Family Support Services - We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services in over twenty languages. We serve the population of clients in the entire Lower Mainland. Our Head Office is located in Burnaby, B.C. (near Metrotown) and our Branch Office is located in Surrey, B.C.  We provide culturally sensitive services to immigrant, visible minority and refugee women and their families who are experiencing family violence.
  • Watari - Watari is a small registered social profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors.  Our primary mission is to facilitate positive change in the lives of at-risk children, youth, their families and communities in the Downtown Eastside and the Greater Vancouver/Richmond areas.  Watari attaches itself to a growing movement to redefine the non-profit or non-governmental organization field in positive terms by re-branding ourselves as "for-social-profit" organizations.
  • Westcoast Family Resources Society - Westcoast Family Resources Society is a community-based Lower Mainland non-profit society offering programs to children and families experiencing difficulties, to children at risk and to individuals looking to improve their parenting skills. The Society delivers child-centered, family focused programs, respecting the dignity and integrity of all family members.
  • YWCA Crabtree Corner - Crabtree Corner Family Resource Centre provides programs and services for families who need them the most. Located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, one of Canada's most impoverished neighbourhoods, Crabtree Corner helps women and their families improve the quality of their lives.