Adoption Services provide pre-and post-adoption services to children and families.
The Child and Family Services Act is in effect as of April 30, 2010 and includes significant changes to how the Department of Health and Social Services deals with adoption disclosures.
The legislation allows for more openness around adoption-related records, making it easier for birth parents and people who were adopted to find each other. However, in situations where they do not wish to be contacted, birth parents and children involved in previous adoptions can maintain confidentiality by filing a no-contact declaration.
For adoptions finalized under the previous Children's Act, individuals who wish to maintain confidentiality must file a disclosure veto to prevent identifying information from being released through the birth registration or adoption.
As of April 30, 2010, adopted people aged 19 or over and birth parents can access their individual information if there is no disclosure veto in place.
Inter country adoptions
Adoption Services is involved in Inter Country adoptions, direct and relative adoptive placements as well as adoptions arranged by Family and Children’s Services.
They also assist adult adoptees and birth parents seeking disclosure, reunion information or counselling.
Post-adoption services include;
- support for the family.
Pre-Adoption services include;
- Adoption Application Process
- Training and support.
The unit works closely with First Nations during assessment and placement processes to place First Nations children in culturally appropriate homes.
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5071
Adoption services (H10)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: 4114 4th avenue, Royal Bank Building | Whitehorse Yukon [map]