If you are the adopted or non-adopted person
Important: You must be 14 years or older to apply. If you are under 14, the consent of the adoptive
parents is required.
Note that if you were adopted by parents residing outside Quebec at the time of the adoption, your request must be addressed to the Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale (SAI).
If you were born or have been adopted in Canada, but outside Quebec, you must apply to the social services of the province of adoption. Note that the laws differ from province to province. The information below is for Quebec only.
First, you must apply to the CISSS/CIUSSS
(formerly Youth Center) in the place where you were adopted (or placed for adoption if you were not adopted), in order to register with their antecedent/reunion service.
This process is essential and you will be able to obtain:
- Your sociobiological history, that is, non-nominative information concerning you and your original parents. This document is a composite image, without any information identifying the person sought.
- Your original identity
- The identity of your officially recognized birth parents on the adoption record, unless there is a veto
on the disclosure of their identity still in effect. The veto on the disclosure of their identity is automatically canceled one year after the death of the person who affixed it. Without a veto on disclosure, the CISSS/CIUSSS may contact the parent concerned and inform them that their identity will be revealed to you. At that time, a reunion may be considered or a contact veto may be requested, which means that no contact between you and that person will be permitted. If, however, the CISSS/CIUSSS is unable to locate the parent, the parent is classified as "not found". In such a situation, the identity would still be provided with a caveat to possible contact, if you were to find that person yourself.
If the person is deceased, you will have access to their identity, the age of death and the causes of death, if known. From then on, your file is closed at the CISSS/CIUSSS. The Mouvement Retrouvailles can help you with the rest. Do not hesitate to contact us.
* We remind you that the CISSS/CIUSSS are the only holders of adoption files and that the Mouvement Retrouvailles does not have access to them.