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Ontario Adoption Records to be Opened
Published: 22 October 2008
By: Rick Roberts,   Biography & Archived Articles

Loyal True Blue Orphans Home, Hallowell Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario 1901 [click of larger image]
Many adoptees and birth parents from across Ontario have been frustrated in their attempts to access information from their own adoption records. Help is on the way. Beginning 01 June 2009, adopted adults and birth parents will be given access to identifying information from birth records and adoption orders. Identifying information will only be accesssible by the adoptee or the birth parents. Access is not available to the general public.

However, a provision for protection of complete privacy is available to those who choose to exercise it. If the adoption order was made before September 1, 2008, adopted adults and birth parents can file a disclosure veto to prevent release of the information. If you want your identifying information to be kept private, you need to file a disclosure veto prior to June 1, 2009.

"No contact" notices are also an option. That means that it is possible to allow information to be released to an adoptee or birth parents, but specify that you do not want to be contacted by the other party/parties.

Most family historians advocate complete access to personal adoption documentation for the principle parties -- and public accessibility to all adoption record documentation after a public privacy period of up to 100 years after the adoption. That said, we understand that there are other points of view. The Province of Ontario has taken a positive step for those who seek knowledge about their genetic roots, while providing a method to protect the privacy rights of those who wish to remain anonymus.

To learn more about your rights and privacy regarding adoption in Ontario, visit the official website or call 1-800-461-2156

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