In Québec, integrated health and social services centres offering protection services and rehabilitation for youths in trouble of adaptation and their families are responsible for adoption services. Depending on the region, these services are provided by either the integrated health and social services centres (CISSS) or the integrated university health and social services centres (CIUSSS).

Placing a Child Up for Adoption

Persons considering placing a child up for adoption must contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in their region. Parents or tutors who want to initiate this process can obtain information from an adoption worker. These workers can also provide counsel.

Adopting a Child

Adoption is a last-resort child protection measure. Above all, it provides the child with a new family in which he or she will receive the care and love necessary for his or her development. Adoption also helps fulfil the legitimate wish of responsible adults who want to start a family or expand their existing one.

All adoption projects must focus on 3 fundamental elements:

  • The child’s needs
  • The child’s interests
  • The child’s rights

From a legal perspective, adoption results in severance of the original bond of filiation, or parental bond that exists between the child and her or his parent.
 
Thus, when an adoption judgement is rendered, the biological parent no longer has rights, responsibilities or obligations toward the child.

An adoption project can always be carried out on a completely confidential basis. However, if it is in the interest of the child, the law makes it possible to recognize preexisting bonds of filiation by providing access to:

  • Original first and last names of the adopted child
  • Original first and last names of the biological parents

Although this possibility also takes away the biological parent’s rights, responsibilities and obligations toward the child, it allows the adopted child to know and keep original bonds of filiation

Adoption Options

Québec adults who want to adopt a child can do so:

  • In Québec
  • In another Canadian province
  • Abroad

Adopting a child who lives in Québec is managed by the Director of Youth Protection (DYP).

Adopting a child who lives in another Canadian province or abroad is done through the Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Adopting children born in Québec

In Québec, the following children can be adopted:

  • Orphaned children
  • Abandoned children or children of parents who don’t fulfil their parental responsibilities
  • Children whose parents voluntarily relinquished their parental rights

Adoption is done through the CISSS or CIUSSS providing protection and rehabilitation services for youths in trouble of adaptation and their families. The adoption services can find these children a family from those who have been screened to become adoptive families.

  • Regular adoption occurs when the child’s biological parents or tutor consent to the adoption.
  • Adoption under the Banque mixte program involves children who are at great risk of being abandoned and have been entrusted to a foster family by the DYP in order to be adopted. Under certain conditions stipulated in the Civil Code of Québec, these children may be declared eligible for adoption by the court.

Steps Leading to Adoption

Adopting a child who resides in Québec involves the following steps:

  1. Registering with CISSS or CIUSSS adoption services

    If you want to adopt a child born in Québec or abroad, you must register with CISSS or CIUSSS adoption services in your region. To find contact information for the adoption services in your region, go to the CISSS and CIUSSS Offering Protection and Rehabilitation Services for Youths in Trouble of Adaptation Contact Information section.

  2. Attending an information session

    CISSS or CIUSSS adoption services invites registered persons to an information session in order to:

    • Explain the legal issues relating to regular adoption and those concerning adoption under the Banque mixte program
    • Describe the characteristics of adoptions with or without recognition of preexisting bonds of filiation
    • Answer questions
    • Help with decision making regarding type of adoption to consider

    At certain branches, this information session is held over the telephone.

  3. Conducting a psychosocial assessment of persons wishing to adopt a child

    Persons wishing to adopt a child must undergo a psychosocial assessment conducted by the DYP. The assessment helps determine whether these individuals have the capacity to accommodate a child and provide him or her with an environment that meets his or her needs.

  4. Pairing a child with prospective adoptive parents who could meet his or her needs

    Adoption services select an adoptive family and then pairs the child with the family. It then requests that the court order the placement of the child with that family for adoption.

    If the biological parents have signed a consent to the adoption, their child is considered eligible for adoption. If not, it is up to the court to decide if the child is eligible for adoption. 

    If it is in the child’s interest, adoptive parents and biological family members important to the child can enter into an agreement to facilitate disclosure of information or interpersonal relationships. If the child is 10 years of age or over, the child must consent to it and may put an end to it at any time.
     
    The DYP offers support services to persons wishing to enter into an agreement until an order of placement is made. 

  5. Placing a child with adoptive parents following a court order

    Once a declaration of eligibility for adoption has been granted, the DYP asks the court for an order of placement for the purposes of an adoption, that is, that the child will be placed with the adoptive family. 

    After usually 6 months, the court determines if the adoption is granted with or without recognition of a preexisting bond of filiation.

  6. Adoption judgment

    The adoption judgment:

    • Permanently transfers parental authority to the adoptive parents
    • Creates a new bond of filiation by making official the type of adoption (with or without recognition of a preexisting bond of filiations)
    • Gives the adopted child and his or her adoptive parents the same rights and obligations as those derived from biological filiation

CISSS and CIUSSS Offering Protection and Rehabilitation Services for Youths in Trouble of Adaptation Contact Information

Bas-Saint-Laurent

  • Telephone number: 418 723-1255
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 463-9009

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

  • Telephone number: 418 723-1255
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 463-9009

Capitale-Nationale

  • Telephone number: 418 661-6951
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 463-4834

Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec

  • Telephone number: 819 378-5481
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 567-8520

Estrie

  • Telephone number: 819 566-4121
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 463-1029

Montréal

  • Telephone number: 514 896-3100

Montréal English-Speakers (Batshaw)

  • Telephone number: 514 935-6196 or 514 989-1885

Outaouais

  • Telephone number: 819 771-6631
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 567-6810

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Telephone number: 819 825-0002
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 567-6405

Côte-Nord

  • Telephone number: 418 589-9927
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 463-8547

Nord-du-Québec

Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

  • Telephone number: 418 368-1803
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 463-4225 or 1 800 463-0629

Chaudière-Appalaches

  • Toll-free number: 1 800 461-9331

Laval

  • Telephone number: 450 975-4000 or 450 975-4150
  • Toll-free number: 1 888 975-4884

Lanaudière

  • Telephone number: 450 756-4555
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 665-1414

Laurentides

  • Telephone number: 450 431-6885
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 361-8665

Montérégie

  • Telephone number: 514 721-1811
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 361-5310

Nunavik

Ungava
  • Telephone number: 819 964-2905
Baie d’Hudson
  • Telephone number: 819 988-2191
  • Toll-free number: 819 988-2957

Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James

Chisasibi
  • Telephone number: 819 855-2844
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 409-6884
Waswanipi
  • Telephone number: 819 753-2324
  • Toll-free number: 1 800 409-6884

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