Bill 113 – Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information
The Québec Ombudsman subscribes to Bill 113, which proposes changes in the legal framework for adoption, primarily by amending the Civil Code and the Youth Protection Act.
The Québec Ombudsman welcomes the proposed amendments, which would enable adoption to be coupled with recognition of pre-existing bonds of filiation if the child's interest so requires. The same holds true for the confidentiality of adoption files and the possibility of establishing contact between adoptees and their parents of origin. It considers that these measures are more consistent with today's realities, while respecting the right to confidentiality of the parents of origin by allowing the registration of identity disclosure or contact vetoes.
The Québec Ombudsman noted that certain measures that were in previous proposed legislative reforms are not in the Bill, but feels that the explanations it was given were satisfactory.
The Québec Ombudsman concludes that the Bill strikes a balance between respect of the rights of the members of the "triangle of adoption". Lastly, it is pleased with the intended communication plan for informing parents about the upcoming changes and the impact on their rights.