Searching in Québec
To further aid in your search the following information was compiled in 2003.
There is no centralized
adoption registry in Québec. You must submit a written request
to the Youth Centre (Centre Jeunesse) where the adoption took place, that
is, the location where the adoptive parents resided at the time of adoption.
Most anglophone adoptions go through Batshaw Youth Centre. If it was a
private adoption, you must contact the lawyers involved in the adoption.
The particulars of the various Youth Centres can be found at the Mouvement
There's a $450 fee to do a search. The fee is applied in stages starting with $150 to perform the search, then $180 to contact the found person and provide pre-reunion counselling and finally $120 for a reunion. Batshaw Youth Centre may require the total fee upfront. For individuals on low income, the fee may be reduced to $50.00. There is no fee to open a file and provide non-identifying information.
There is no form to fill out for an accelerated medical search. Once registered with the applicable youth centre, they will determine if a medical search is warranted and will then request a doctor's letter from the person searching.
There are two major search groups in Montreal: Parent Finders Montreal and Mouvement Retrouvailles.
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Mouvement Retrouvailles Mouvement Retrouvailles is the main group in Québec and serves primarily the French-speaking community. They have representatives who speak English. Their membership fee is $35 to register for the first year with annual renewals at $12.
Accessing your post-adoption records and starting a search in Québec
I - How to go about searching for a parent or child
You will need
to submit a written request to the Youth Centre (Centre Jeunesse, or formerly
the C.S.S.) in the region where the child was born.
It is essential that you follow this procedure. There are two things you should request.
A] Ask to be sent non-identifying information about your birth parent or your child.
If you register with Mouvement Retrouvailles before you sign up for this program with its processing fees, you have the chance of finding a match if both parties are already Mouvement Retrouvailles members. If this is the case, you could avoid the costs linked to this program.
If you do decide to sign up for the program and you are a Mouvement Retrouvailles member, you can request to be accompanied by Mouvement Retrouvailles during the third stage of the process, i.e. the reunion. We offer this service free of charge to our members. We have helpers who will be happy to provide you with guidance and support during this period.
Do not hesitate to request this service. People are there, waiting to help you, in a completely non-judgmental setting. Remember, we are all going through the same situation, some are just more affected than others. Click here to receive a membership application by mail for Mouvement Retrouvailles.