New Brunswick Adoption Support Network
A program of the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation


A peer to peer support network for adoptive families, people waiting to adopt as well as professionals working in adoption to exchange information, share experiences, ideas, strategies and support.

from other adoptive and waiting parents:adoption process, resources available, etc.

with other families who know what you are going through.

the joy, challenges and successes of parenting our adopted children.

Contact a Support Network Coordinator

Southwest NB Region
Catherine Derry

506 642-3210

Southeast NB Region
Patricia Conan Estabrooks

506 383-3693

Central NB Region
Kim Baxter Driscoll

506 647-7945

Northwest NB Region
Brandi Blomquist

506 561-1189

Northeast NB Region
Thérèse Haché

506 333-7976
Kimberly Williston
506 333-9670

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What types of programs does the Network offers:

  • Parent group meetings for parents at all stages of the adoption process.
  • Gatherings for adoptive parents and their children.
  • One-on-one support from other adoptive parents. 
  • Educational and information workshops, sessions and conferences.
  • Telephone & online peer support.


Scroll down to see the New Brunswick Adoption's Public Awareness Work "Kids Can't Wait"...





NB Adoption Support Network Infographic



Did you know?


At present there are several hundred children

in the permanent care of the Minister of Social Development

with this number increasing by as many as

100 children every year. Many of the children have

special needs, like a brother and sister who would

like to stay together. Some have different cultural backgrounds,

some are emotionally and physically fragile,

and some were exposed to drugs or alcohol in-utero.

These children range in age from 2 to teenage years.

Many are aged 12 and older.




Some stats...

Nearly half or more of children in the permenant care of the Province of NB are aged 12 and older.

For many New Brunswick teens turning 19 really means “out on your own.”

The Average Age for a Young Adult raised in his own family to leave their home of origin and set up a “real” home...26.

The Average age that young adults raised in their own families consider themselves settled into a “real job” with some promise of security, benefits, and full time hours...28.

A recent Canadian study states that within 2 to 4 years of leaving foster care:


Check out this video to see Zoe's story of being adopted as a teen...


Adoption can and does

make the difference!