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The Secretariat of international adoption

    Established in 1982, the Secretariat of international adoption (Secrétariat à l'adoption internationale), commonly called the SAI, is the Québec government body that supervises international adoption by the citizens of the province. According to the vocabulary of the La Hague Convention, the SAI is the central authority for Québec. Its main roles are:


  • to advise the minister on the different aspects of the law;
  • to give consent and supervise the organizations (agencies) empowered to realize international adoption in Québec;
  • to issue in the context of each adoption case, letters confirming to foreign authorities that the Québec law as been obeyed;
  • to establish contacts and act itself as adoption intermediary for certain countries for which no agency is approved;
  • to keep on file information on adoption completed in order to facilitate possible reunion of biological families with adopted children.

Flow chart of the SAI

The Secreteriat publishes a newsletter (in french) about four times a year, the "Adopt-info". It contains general news, accounts, judiciary columns, situation status in foreign countries and statistics. Subscriptions are free.

Contact information for the SAI are:

Secrétariat à l'adoption internationale

201, Crémazie est, RC 01

Montréal, Québec

H2M 1L2

Phone: (514) 873-5226 or 1-800-561-0246

Fax: (514) 873-1709


SAI Web site

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