Quebec’s Child Welfare System
In Quebec, child welfare services are provided by “youth centres” (Centres jeunesse) in 18 administrative regions across the province. Each youth centre is managed by a Director of Youth Protection and is mandated to provide a range of specialized services to ensure the safety and well-being of young people under the age of 18. In addition to protection services, youth centres provide family counseling, legal expertise in custody disputes, adoption referrals and birth-parent searches. An association of youth centres (Association des Centres jeunesse du Québec), provides information and advice to centres and over 8,000 youth protection workers in the province.