You define family.
We support it.

What does family mean to you? Who is family to you?

At Family Services of Greater Vancouver, we let you define family. Whether you share the same DNA or found each other in another way, we’re here to support every member of your family. It’s kind of our thing. 

We take a wraparound approach to supporting families. This means we’re here for each person in multiple ways. We’re here with supports for your financial wellbeing, access to benefits, and mental health, and we can refer you to resources as you navigate the affordability crisis. 

Looking for a program for you or a family member? Keep scrolling for more info about our programs and services that support families. 

Download a paper doll kit!

Let’s get creative! Print out our paper doll template to build your own family. Fill them in and decorate them however you like to represent the people you’ve decided count as family.



Supports for Your Family

We offer a variety of supports and services for families in two main categories: Healthy Foundations and Crisis Response.

Healthy Foundations
A healthy foundation is essential for families to thrive. Through people-centered education and counselling, FSGV empowers families to build that foundation. Our programs and workshops include topics such as nutrition and food, money, parenting, communication, and self-care.

Crisis Response
None of us can control when and how crisis will hit; but we can reach for help to make those times less lonely and difficult. Whether it’s reuniting or keeping families together, working through and learning about the effects of trauma, or navigating the shockwaves of family violence, abuse, or exploitation, FSGV is here so you don’t have to do alone. 

Healthy Foundations

For parents and caregivers with young children. Our consultant visits your home to answer questions and teach you about infant and early childhood mental health, play-based learning, social and emotional development, and more.

From groups for single parents, parents of children with support needs, and those who are looking to learn new parenting skills to groups designed to encourage children’s creativity: we have something for every family!

              Creative Explorations
              Nobody’s Perfect
              Parents Connect
              Positive Discipline Parenting
              Raising Exceptional Children
              Single Parents Group

For newcomer families, we’ll match you with a volunteer mentor to help you settle into the Richmond community.

For pregnant people and birthing parents. A counselling program that starts during pregnancy to help you connect with your child(ren). We’re here to work with you through any trauma-related issues so that they don’t stop you from parenting the way you want.

A short-term counselling program for individuals, couples, children, youth, and families. Over 12 sessions, we support clients on things like depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and/or grief and loss.

For pregnant and/or parenting youth ages 13-26. We provide high-quality, subsidized childcare services and support young parents in completing their education and starting a career.

For families who are experiencing conflict between parents and teenage youth. Mediators work with parents and teens on conflict resolution and skills-based resilience.

Crisis Response

Requires referral from a social worker. Our family counsellors are here for you and create individualized plans with your family, which might include counselling, education services, and play therapy.

Requires referral from a social worker. Our family counsellors help you reach your goals and empower you as a parent.

This program provides trauma-informed, child-centered counselling for children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma.

A counselling program for children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse.

A counselling program for children and youth who have witnessed or experienced family violence.

Our Support Workers work with victims and survivors of child abuse, elder abuse, exploitation, family violence, and intimate partner violence.