Invitation - Seminar " The right to identity"

LONGUEUIL, QC, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Mrs Kathleen Weil, minister of Justice in the province of Quebec, filed, on October 6, 2009, a draft bill entitled "An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and parental authority". Unfortunately, the changes provided are addressed only for future adoptions. The Mouvement Retrouvailles implemented in the Quebec post-adoption matter since 1983, recommend a major change in the actual adoption law in Quebec, specifically in the respect of the right to identity and origins and on the confidentiality of adoption files. As the Quebec government has seen to ignore our recommendations for the past adoptions, it's imperative that all people who are involved in adoptions prior to the suggested changes occur on the subject.

As an organism recognized by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Mouvement Retrouvailles, in collaboration with the COFAQ, invites the public to the next one-day seminar which will focus on post-adoption in Quebec. Titled "The right to know", this seminar will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 9h30 to 16h30, at St-Pierre Center (room Marcel-Pepin), on 1212 Panet Street in Montreal. The cost for registration is 25 $ per person, including buffet lunch and two breaks. Entries must be received before October 31, 2009 and, paid in advance.

At this seminar, 4 speakers will talk about the importance of the right to know for adoptees and biological parents. The legal, medical, social and psychological aspects are addressed. The speakers are Mr. Alain Roy, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor at the University of Montreal, Mrs Sylvie Dumouchel and Mr Roch Turcotte, respectively, General Manager and Chairman of the COFAQ, Mrs Doris (or Lise) Langlois, Psychotherapist specializing in psychogenealogy and a speaker from a medical association that remains to be confirmed. Caroline Fortin, chairman of the Mouvement Retrouvailles, will be the host for the day.

Other people will also speak during the day. Periods of questions will be provided after each conference.

Officials of the Ministry of Justice have been invited to attend this conference to publicize their position on our recommendations, but they cannot assist.

Adoptees want to know their real identity and their origins, while the biological parents want to meet the child they left for adoption, but ... the current laws in Quebec do not respect that right. With our guests and our participants, we will discuss the importance of identity and origins.

Reserve your place right now!

Please note that this seminar will be all in french.


For further information: For further information: For reservation or additional information, please contact Caroline Fortin, by email at: or Ms. Huguette St-Michel: or by phone at (450) 646-1060 or toll free 1-888-646-1060 or by fax at (450) 646-7401

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