Bill 113, An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information, was passed on June 16, 2017. Several of the provisions introduced by this Act into the Civil Code and the Youth Protection Act will come into effect on the dates set by the government, no later than June 16, 2018. In the meantime, the current provisions will continue to apply.
The information on this page does not replace that of the official legislation.
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).
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.
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:
Québec adults who want to adopt a child can do so:
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 .
In Québec, the following children can be adopted:
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.
Adopting a child who resides in Québec involves the following steps:
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.
CISSS or CIUSSS adoption services invites registered persons to an information session in order to:
At certain branches, this information session is held over the telephone.
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.
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.
The child is placed with the adoptive family, usually for a 6-month period. If the child fits well into his or her adoptive environment and the adoptive family meets the child’s needs, the court issues an adoption judgment.
The adoption judgment:
Last update: July 5, 2017 2:58 PM
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