Who we are

Our history

Children of the World is an international non-profit adoption organization which functions mainly with the support of volunteers. Founded on October 2, 1989, our organization received its accreditation to facilitate adoptions of orphaned or abandoned children in the People’s Republic of China on September 26, 1990, by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec.

Children of the World was the first Canadian adoption organization to establish links with the People’s Republic of China. In 1989-1990 we became the first organization to reach agreements with provincial authorities and orphanages in several provinces in the People’s Republic of China. 

Since its founding, Children of the World has mainly favoured the adoption of children from China, but also from Brazil, Vietnam, India and Russia. For all of these children and for those to come, we have continually developed and improved the services we offer adopting parents to give them the support and preparation needed to fulfil their adoption plan. Over the years, our reputation has been built on our availability to parents, our pre-adoption and post-adoption training seminars, as well as the specialized resources that we make available to parents.

Our involvement in international adoption

Children of the World works closely with international adoption partners, and is recognized for its dynamic and constructive involvement.

We are proud of our unwavering commitment to the organizations which define the direction of international adoption in Quebec. We pledge our unconditional commitment to the children: that’s what motivates our involvement. Children of the World is driven by the notion that every child has a right to a family.

Our organization respects all foreign and domestic international adoption laws and regulations, and the laws that govern immigration to Canada. It adheres to all the principles of The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in International Adoption, and the Québec Code of Ethics for Organizations Certified in International Adoption in Quebec.

Through The Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale, Children of the World was actively involved in creating the Québec Code of Ethics for Organizations Certified in International Adoption, and was the first organization elected to the committee responsible for enacting it.

Since the coming into force of The Hague Convention in February 2006, The Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale created a new committee whose members come from different areas of international adoption in Québec, namely the Consultative Committee on International Adoption. Children of the World is pleased to be among the first organizations elected as an active member of this new committee.

Recently, Children of the World provided additional support to The Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale in organising a conference, held in October 2008, on psychosocial evaluation in international adoption.