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Sunrise Family Services Society is a licensed BC adoption agency in Vancouver and Victoria, BC.



Our caring staff is available to you 7 days a week to provide support and information. 


It can be distressing when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy. You may feel like your head is spinning with thoughts and questions. There are a number of options to consider when making the best decision for you and your baby. Our qualified counsellor will provide you with counselling to help you to explore your options, at no cost to you and the process is completely confidential.


Most adoptions today are considered “open.” In an open adoption the adoptive parents and the birth mother have an opportunity to meet each other and exchange information. Open adoption means different things to different people. For some, it means receiving pictures and letters from the adoptive family, and for others, it will mean ongoing visits. Openness means that your child will know from a very early age that he or she was adopted. You will have the opportunity to explore and discuss what level of openness feels right for you and your baby.


You will have the opportunity to select the family who will raise your child. You may feel drawn to a certain family and feel an instant connection or it may take time to develop, but you will be in control of the process. You will also have the chance to meet with the family before the birth of your baby. 



We will help you to explore the possibility of building your family through adoption. We have more than 20 years of experience working in adoption that guides and informs our practice. We will support you through each stage of the process. We hope to help you realize your dream of becoming parents or expanding your family through adoption. As adoption is a life-long commitment that you make to your child, we commit to providing ongoing support to adoptive families and children both during and after the adoption process is complete.


Our staff will help you explore what options are available to you. This depends on a number of factors that we will discuss with you in detail. We will assist you to find the right fit for you and your family.


Our experienced staff will guide you throughout the adoption process. While each adoption journey is unique, one of the first steps is the homestudy process, to ensure the safety of each home for a child. You will complete the education program (outlined below), and begin the preparation process to become adoptive parents. The next steps in the process will depend on whether you wish to adopt locally or from another country.


We have developed an on-line, interactive, and engaging adoption education program that can be completed by you in your home. You will learn about important adoption related parenting issues such as attachment, becoming a conspicuous family, open adoption, as well as issues specific to adopting a toddler or older child.



Sunrise is a government-licenced B.C. adoption agency. We have more than 20 years of experience working in adoption. We have offices in Vancouver and Victoria and are able to deliver services throughout British Columbia. Sunrise serves both women facing an unplanned pregnancy as well as families wishing to adopt a child.  


We are passionate about finding homes for children who would otherwise not have a forever family.  As well as helping families to realize their dream of becoming parents.


Sunrise offers women facing an unplanned pregnancy, counselling to explore their options as well as assisting families through the adoption process. We offer ongoing support to birth families after they have placed a child for adoption and to adoptive families after they have adopted a child. Many birth and adoptive families from across the province attend our annual picnics and special events that we host each year.


Sunrise facilitates adoptions from a number of countries internationally. When you meet with our staff we can discuss with you which country or countries may be an option for you. Each country has specific rules regulating adoption, which can change and be complex. We help you to understand and navigate the process.


Sunrise offers pregnancy and adoption counselling to women across Canada who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.


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