Quebec is a closed records province.
Adoptees still do not have the right to access their original birth certificates, nor can natural parents obtain the adopted names of the child they lost to adoption. However, information may be available through the following:
Note: New Quebec Legislation tabled ******** http://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/english/consultation/doc-consultation-a.htm#Anchor-11091
1. Post Adoption Disclosure
Non-identifying information is available to natural parents and adoptees over the age of 13. Quebec also maintains a passive registry and staff will also conduct active searches. Identifying information can only be obtained with prior consent of the person who is being identified.
For information, contact:
Centre Jeunesse de Montreal
Service de l’Adoption
1001 de Maisonneuve Est, 6e etage
Montreal, QC H2L 4R5
Tel: (514) 896-3100 or (514) 695-5251
Fax: (514) 896-3179
ENGLISH SOCIAL SERVICE RECORDS ARE HELD AT:
Batshaw Youth & Family Centre
Westmount, QC H3Z 1Y6
Tel: (514) 932-7161 Fax: 514-932-3385
The application for your records is free.
The waiting list is 3-4 months
If the person you are searching has registered a reunion match would be issued immediately
You may be offered a “fee for search”. The cost of this service is $450.
If you are on a limited income you may ask for a lower fee but will need to provide proof such as income tax returns etc.
2. Obtain your Hospital Records
Mothers can call the Medical Records department of the hospital in which the birth took place to obtain your hospital chart with respect to prenatal care, labour and delivery, post natal care, hospital stay, etc. Mothers should also apply for their child’s hospital record. (Hint: Do not use the word “adopted” if possible, and if asked why records are required the answer is “for my personal record”.)
3. Maternity Home Records
Mothers who resided in Maternity Homes may apply to the organization which ran the home for any records which may have survived:
For Salvation Army Homes contact:
Salvation Army Archives
26 Howden Road, Scarborough, Ontario
M1R 3E4 Telephone: 416-285-4344