About Us


The Family Support Institute is a province-wide organization whose purpose is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. We believe that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.

When your son or daughter has a disability, life often becomes different from anything you could ever have imagined. You may find yourself in a world you never knew existed, one you may be reluctant to embrace, where there are more questions than answers.

The Family Support Institute is unique in Canada. It began with the help of the B.C. Association for Community Living in 1986 in response to the needs and requests of families of people with disabilities. The Family Support Institute's philosophy was developed based upon the following beliefs:

  1. Families are the best voice to speak for their own circumstances;
  2. Families have a critical role in shaping the future for their family members;
  3. Families are the best resource to support one another;  
  4. Informed families are more empowered to speak for themselves when needed; and
  5. Informed, involved, confident families are the most effective agents for creating social change.

Visit www.familysupportbc.com for more information.

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