Individuals adopted in Québec or biological parents of a child adopted in Québec

Centralized call service

A centralized telephone number has been set up to provide services to adopted persons and biological parents. The centralized service is accessible by email or telephone at 1- 888- 441- 7889.

The following services are offered to adopted persons:

  • Obtain information on the application of the Act
  • Access your original first and last names
  • Access a biological parent’s identity, if the latter has been dead for more than 12 months
  • Obtain the form that :
    • o Authorizes disclosure of your identity, personal information, or both, so that your biological parents can contact you (Withdrawal of an Identity Disclosure Veto or a Contact Veto form)

The following services are offered to biological parents:

  • Obtain information on the application of the Act
  • Obtain the forms that allow you to
    • Refuse disclosure of your identity and personal information in order to prevent contact (Identity Disclosure Veto and Contact Veto form)
    • Authorize disclosure of your identity and/or personal information, if a veto had been registered, so that your adopted child can contact you (Withdrawal of an Identity Disclosure Veto or a Contact Veto form)

Services offered by CISSS or CIUSSS

Integrated health and social services centres (CISSS) or integrated university health and social services centres (CIUSSS) offer research assistance to the following informations:

  • Adopted persons
  • Adoptable persons who are not adopted
  • Biological parents who have given a child up for adoption

Call the CISSS or CIUSSS adoption services in the region or territory where the adoption judgment was issued to receive more information on :

  • Your social and biological history
  • Your biological parents
  • Your adopted biological child

When the information sought is available, the CISSS or CIUSSS can also provide support to help you get in touch with your biological parents, if they consent, or with your adopted biological child, if he or she consents.

If you are an adoptable individual who has not been adopted, contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in charge of your child protection file. If you don't know where your file is, contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in your region.

These services are offered free of charge by integrated health and social services centres offering protection and rehabilitation services for youths in trouble of adaptation and their families.

Processing requests

Once a request is received, the CISSS or CIUSSS looks for the information in the archives and records of the healthcare institution where the child was born.

The applicant receives a summary of his or her antecedents based on the information contained in the adoption file. At this stage, applicants can receive psychosocial support if they wish or if they fear the information revealed may be upsetting.

If an identity disclosure veto is registered in the file, the information included in the summary protects the identities of:

  • The biological parents;
  • The adopted child;
  • The adoptive parents.

This respect for the anonymity of persons is in accordance with the rules prescribed by the Civil Code of Québec and the Youth Protection Act.

Amendments to the Legislation

The provisions of the Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information This hyperlink will open in a new window. came into force in their entirety on June 16, 2018. The Act amends certain rules of confidentiality, relating to the identities of adopted persons and biological parents who have given up a child.

For other measures included in this Act, go to justice.gouv.qc.ca/adoption This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Persons adopted in Québec prior to June 16, 2018

Your identity will remain protected and your personal information will remain confidential. This means, unless you consent to it, your identity cannot be revealed to your biological mother or father if they request it.

If you agree that your identity and your information can be revealed to your biological parents, you must :

  1. Fill out the Withdrawal of an Identity Disclosure Veto or a Contact Veto form;
  2. Print and sign the form;
  3. Send the form and all requested documents to the following address:

    Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Est
    Équipe centralisée info adoption
    575 Adoncour
    Longueuil (Québec) J4G 2M6

A withdrawal of an identity disclosure veto or a contact veto can be registered at any time.

Since June 16, 2018, you have the right

  • To know your original first and last name, if the information is available and if disclosing this information does not reveal the identity of a parent who has registered an identity disclosure veto

Use the Registration form This hyperlink will open in a new window. to apply.

Starting June 16, 2019, you will have the right

  • To know your original first and last names, if the information is available and if disclosing this information does not reveal the identity of a parent who has registered an identity disclosure veto
  • To know the first and last names of your biological mother or father, unless they have refused to allow this information to be disclosed
  • To access information allowing you to contact your biological parents, if this information is available and provided there is no disclosure veto

Use the Registration form This hyperlink will open in a new window. to apply.

Death of your biological parents

If your biological mother or father has been dead for one year or longer, from the date of your request, you will have the right to know their first and last names.

Otherwise, you must wait for a year to pass after the death to have access to information.

Persons adopted in Québec and their biological brothers and sisters

If you were adopted in Québec, or if you are the biological brother or sister of a person adopted in Québec, you will have the right to obtain information regarding the identity of your biological brothers and sisters, whether or not they have been adopted. You will also have the right to obtain information that will allow you to contact them.

You can do this from June 2019. However, the following 2 conditions apply:

  • Your brother or sister and you have both requested to know each other’s identity and to contact one another.
  • Disclosure of this information does not reveal the identity of your biological parents, if either of them has refused to allow their identity be disclosed. This condition does not apply to biological parents who have been dead for a year or longer.

Persons who have given a child up for adoption in Québec prior to June 16 2018

Your adopted child may know your identify starting June 2019, if he or she requests it. However, if you want your identity to remain confidential, you must :

  1. Fill out the Identity Disclosure Veto or Contact Veto form
  2. Print and sign the form
  3. Send the form and all requested documents to the following address:

    Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Est
    Équipe centralisée info adoption
    575 Adoncour
    Longueuil (Québec) J4G 2M6

You have until June 16, 2019 to fill out the form. After this date, you can request that your identity remain confidential until your biological child files a first request. However, once your biological child has requested information about you, you can no longer request that your identity remain confidential.

If you have already requested that your identity remains confidential, you do not need to submit a new request.

Information regarding the identity of your biological child will remain confidential. Therefore, you cannot obtain information about your child, unless he or she has authorized disclosure.

Individuals adopted abroad or biological parents of a child who was adopted abroad

Persons who were adopted abroad or the parents of a child who was adopted abroad must contact the Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale This hyperlink will open in a new window.. The same applies to persons from Québec who were adopted by someone from another province or abroad, and to their biological parents.

To learn more

For more information on adoption and biological history, biological parents or adopted biological child, contact the CISSS or CIUSSS offering protection and rehabilitation services for youths in trouble of adaptation and their families in your region.