Quebec’s Child Welfare System

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CECW Information Sheet #35E. Montreal, QC: McGill University, School of Social Work.

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.

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