3-5 Years


Fraser Valley Down syndrome Society (FVDSS) Provides information and support to new families. We offer family events such as the annual family picnic, Christmas party, family bowling night, annual Walk for Awareness.

Website: www.fvdss.org

Contact: Sylvie (Abbotsford) 604-853-5563

Jodie (Abbotsford) 604-755-0769

Email: info@fvdss.org


Assistive Dogs – A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities. Those disabilities may include visual difficulties, hearing impairments, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), seizures, ambulatory issues, mental illness, diabetes, autism, and more. Here are a few schools which train dogs:


Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools: http://www.cagads.com/index.html

Assistance Dogs International: http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/

4Paws for Ability: http://4pawsforability.org/

Canadian Service Dog Foundation: http://servicedog.ca/programs/service-dogs

COPE Service Dogs: http://copedogs.org/

Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society: http://dogswithwings.ca/

National Service Dogs: http://www.nsd.on.ca/

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society: http://www.pads.ca/our-mission/who-we-are/#sthash.UTmZAEYG.dpbs


Child Development Centre (CDC)– this centre offers services and programs that are very beneficial to families and children with special needs.Some of the services they offer are: Infant Development Program, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy (O.T.), Physical Therapy (P.T.), Supported Child Care, Family Support Services.A referral from your doctor is needed.

Website: www.fvcdc.org

Contact: 604-852-2686 (Abbotsford)

604-824-8760 (Chilliwack)

604-820-9536 (Mission)


Supported Child Care – a program where a trained person attends daycare or preschool with your child if the support is necessary for your child to be able to attend these programs.

Contact: through the CDC


At Home Program– TheAt Home Program (AHP) is intended to assist parents with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home.

Children may be eligible for full program benefits or for a choice of respite or medical benefits. Eligibility is regularly reassessed.

The At Home Program provides assistance to families in two main areas:

Respite Benefits allow parents to choose appropriate care options for their child and family.

Medical Benefits provide a range of medical supplies and services that can be accessed by At Home Program participants.

Website: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/at_home/index.htm


Community Living of B.C. – delivers support and services to people with developmental disabilities, children with special needs and their families in British Columbia.

Services include: Homemaker/Home Support Worker Program, Parent Support for Families of Children with Special Needs, Professional Support for Children with Special Needs, Child and Youth Care Worker Services for Children with Special Needs , Respite Services for Children with Special Needs, Behavioural Management consultation.

Website: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/

Contact: 604-870-5986 in Abbotsford – Room 304 – 32463 Simon Avenue

604-702-5795 in Chilliwack – 46360 Airport Road

604-532-4900 in Langley – B201 – 20641 Logan Avenue


Child Care Resource & Referral– We link families and child care providers in the communities of Abbotsford by offering free consultation, support, access to professional help, and referral services to parents seeking child care.


Contact:604-850-7934 in Abbotsford – #104, 32885 Ventura Ave.

604 792-4267 in Chilliwack – 7112 Vedder Road

604-826-6194 or 604-302-2395 in Mission –7369 James St.

604-534-7921 in Langley – 5339 207 Street


Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) –Abbotsford – Provides child protection, guardianship and adoption, mental health, Aboriginal, and youth corrections services.Also provides services for foster parents, group homes, and contract resources.Province-wide programs are described in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) listing.

Website: http://www2.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/DBs/RedBook/orgPgs/3/3595.html

604-870-5880Fax: 604-851-7035

2828 Cruickshank St. Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 5M4


Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) – Langley – Central intake, information, and service office for Langley. Provides information, assesses needs, and assists callers in connecting with any of the following services: family services, mental health services for children and youth, child protection services, and youth and probation services. Province-wide programs are described in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) listing.


Website: http://www2.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/DBs/RedBook/orgPgs/1/1004.html


120-20434 64th Ave. Langley, B.C. V2Y 1N4