Searching in Quebec

Quebec has no central registry of adoptions as do many of the other provinces in Canada. This means that you must know where the adoption took place. Each agency in each area has only the records of the adoptions that took place through that agency.

 Once you know the town or area, write to the Social Service agency (Centre de Jeunesse) there and ask whether they have your file. If you are told they do not have your file, then a hunt for the right agency begins. For adoptees, the Certificate of Judgement shows the court and area where the adoption took place. The birth parent will know which social service agency she dealt with.

If you do not have a Certificate of Judgement or cannot remember the agency, you must then go from one Social Service Agency to another asking if they hold your file. Once found, the Social Service agency should be able to provide you with some medical and non-identifying background information. The waiting period for service varies widely but is often quite long.

Private adoptions may or may not have been registered with a Social Service agency in the area where the Judgement took place. You need to check with the local agency. Some adoptions were so private that little or no information remains. In this case you need to find the name of the doctor or lawyer who arranged the adoption and hope their files are still in existence. Sadly, in Quebec, the history of adoption is full of very questionable practices and falsified documents. The only course of action may be a legal challenge through the courts. Parent Finders can advise you further.

It is important to know that the Province of Quebec no longer charges a fee for searching.  Searches are done for a parent or the adoptee only, no sibling searches. When you contact the agency, always ask for the length of waiting times.

Commonly requested agencies and groups:

Mouvement Retrouvailles is a non-profit organization founded in 1983. It now has more than 13 000 members and maintains offices in all regions of Quebec.  They support people who were affected by an adoption during all stages of their search.

150, Grant – Bureau 201
Longueuil, QC J4H 3H6
Telephone : 450-646-1060  or toll-free 1-888-646-1060



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Batshaw Family Services

Adoption Disclosure Services

5 Weredale

Westmount, Que. H3Z 1Y6.

Telephone: 514-932-7161(English)

Website : Batshaw Family Services


Centre de Services Sociaux Montreal Metropolitain

1001 de Maisonneuve Est

Montreal, Quebec, H2L 4R5

Telephone : 514-896-3100 (French)



Centre de Services Quebec

2915 Bourg. Royal

Beauport, Quebec, G1G 3S2

Telephone: 418-529-7351



Centre de Services Outaouais

105 Boul Sacre Coeur


Hull, Quebec, J8X 1C5

Telephone: 819-771-6631



01 – Centre jeunesse du Bas-Saint-Laurent 
287, rue Pierre Saindon
3e étage, Case postal 3500
Rimouski (Québec) G5L 8V5
Téléphone : 418 723-1255
Télécopieur : 418 722-0620 


02 – Le Centre jeunesse du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
1109, avenue Bégin
Chicoutimi (Québec) G7H 4P1
Téléphone : 418 549-4853
Télécopieur : 418 693-0768


03 – Centre jeunesse de Québec – Institut universitaire
2915, avenue du Bourg-Royal
Beauport (Québec) G1C 3S2
Téléphone : 418 661-6951  
04 – Le Centre jeunesse de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec
1455, boulevard du Carmel
Trois-Rivières (Québec) G8Z 3R7
Téléphone : 819 378-5481


05 – Centre jeunesse de l’Estrie
594, boulevard Queen Victoria
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 3R7
Téléphone : 819 564-7100


06 – Les Centres de la jeunesse et de la famille Batshaw
5, rue Weredale Park
Westmount (Québec) H3Z 1Y5
Téléphone : 514 989-1885

07 – Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Institut universitaire
4675, rue Bélanger
Montréal (Québec) H1T 1C2
Téléphone : 514 593-3979


08 – Les Centres jeunesse de l’Outaouais
105, rue Sacré-Coeur
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 1C5
Téléphone : 819 771-6631


09 – Centre jeunesse de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
700, boulevard Forest
Val-d’Or (Québec) J9P 2L3
Téléphone : 819 825-0002


10 – Centre jeunesse Côte-Nord
835, boulevard Jolliet
Baie-Comeau (Québec) G5C 1P5
Téléphone : 418 589-9927 


11 – Le Centre jeunesse Gaspésie/Les Îles
205, boulevard York Ouest, bureau 100
Gaspé (Québec) G4X 2V7
Téléphone : 418 368-1803


12 – Centre jeunesse Chaudière-Appalaches
100, Mgr Ignace-Bourget, bureau 300
Lévis (Québec) G6V 2Y9
Téléphone : 418 837-9331


13 – Centre jeunesse de Laval
308, boulevard Cartier Ouest

Laval (Québec) H7N 2J2
Téléphone : 450 975-4150
Télécopieur : 450 975-4276


14 – Les Centres jeunesse de Lanaudière
260, rue Lavaltrie Sud
Joliette (Québec) J6E 5X7
Téléphone : 450 756-4555


15 – Centre jeunesse des Laurentides
500, boulevard des Laurentides, bureau 241
Saint-Jérôme (Québec) J7Z 4M2
Téléphone : 450 436-7607


16 – Centre jeunesse de la Montérégie
575, rue Adoncour
Longueuil (Québec) J4G 2M6
Téléphone : 450 928-5125
Télécopieur : 450 679-3731


17 – Centre de santé Tulattavik de l’Ungava
C.P. 759
Kuujjuaq (Québec) J0M 1C0
Téléphone : 819 964-2908


18 – Centre de santé Inuulitsivik Baie d’Hudson
Chemin Baie d’Hudson
Puvirnituq (Québec) J0M 1P0
Téléphone : 819 988-2191
Télécopieur : 819 988-2304


19 – CSS Cri Hôpital Chisasibi
C.P. 360, Chisasibi
Baie James (Québec) J0M 1E0
Téléphone : 819 855-2844


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