About Us

Introducing Beginnings

Want to Learn About Beginnings Family Services?  Beginnings is a non-profit, faith-based agency providing pregnancy counselling and adoption services as well as embryo donation services.

Beginnings Family Services

What We Offer

Free pregnancy counselling

Open adoption services

Interim foster care

Education, prenatal and parenting programs

Reunion counselling

Open embryo donation services

Community referrals

Post adoption counselling


In the conviction that life is a gift from God, Beginnings provides services related to pregnancy, parenting and adoption


Beginnings’ approach is child-centred, dedicated to building and supporting healthy family relationships. Beginnings  offers quality, non judgmental services to everyone, does not participate in political action, and is committed to the concept of openness.


Organizational Makeup

Beginnings has an office in Hamilton and one Care Centre in Woodstock in Ontario.

Beginnings Hamilton office is exclusively responsible for:

  • Service provision oversight
  • Branding and communication
  • Government relations and License holder
  • Financial administration, regulation, and oversight

Beginnings Hamilton carries out the following services:

  • Family support & community referrals
  • Pregnancy counselling
  • Adoption services
  • Embryo Donation services
  • Education

Beginnings Woodstock Care Centre is responsible for:

  • Pregnancy testing and counselling
  • Parenting and family support programs
  • Care cupboard
  • Community education programs
  • Local governance, management, communication, administration

Meet the

Beginnings Team

Board of Directors

Beginnings is governed by an elected Board whose members serve 3 year terms and are responsible for:

  • Hendrik (Hank) Bylstra
    Hendrik (Hank) Bylstra

    Hank was born in the Netherlands in 1952 and emigrated to Canada that same year.  His family settled in Hamilton where hegrew up and was part of the Paradise Road Reformed Church.  He attended Hamilton District Christian High School and later lived for three years In the Netherlands for study purposes.  Hank attended McMaster University in Hamilton for his Bachelors degree in History.  He attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky for his Masters Degree in Divinity.  Hank is married to Connie and they have two adopted Children and now three grandchildren.  He spent ten years as a Pastor in the Free Methodist Church in Southern Ontario before going to Mississauga in 1996 to serve for seven years with two small Reformed Churches in the GTA.  Hank took a 2 year course of studies in Conflict Management at Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo and has served since 2003 as Pastor/Chaplain at Holland Christian Homes in Brampton.  Hank enjoys reading, photography, travel and family times.

Hamilton Office

Beginnings is professionally managed by the following team:

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