Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Gov. of NL

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Provincial Office
PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6

Tel: (709) 729-0760                 Fax: (709) 729-6382

To report child abuse in the Metro Area:
Tel:  (709) 729-4612 or (709) 729-4775 [after hours]

Adoption Division
Tel:  (709) 729-4691


The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development is dedicated to providing a wide range of family-focused services with a concentration on nurturing strong, healthy communities.

Target Population:

Children from birth to age 18 yrs and seniors

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development is responsible for the provision and development of programs, policies, standards and services primarily related to the following Legislative Acts:

  • Children and Youth Care and Protection Act
  • Adult Protection Act
  • Adoption Act
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • Young Persons Offences Act
  • Inclusion Strategy Action Plan
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy