September 4, 2007
The Adoption Information Disclosure Act, 2005, amends the Child and Family Services Act and the Vital Statistics Act. The last phase of the legislation will be implemented on September 17, 2007, and will balance the right of adult adoptees and birth parents to know about their history and identity with the protection of privacy.
Right To Information
Starting September 17, 2007, adult adoptees and birth parents will be able to apply for information contained in original birth registrations and adoption orders. Adult adoptees and birth parents will still be able to register a "no contact" notice, "contact preference" or "waiver of protection" on their files.
The government will also operate a voluntary Adoption Disclosure Register (ADR). The ADR will allow adopted adults, birth parents, birth grandparents and birth siblings over the age of 18 to place their names on a register to obtain or exchange contact information.
Privacy protections can be registered at any time. Starting September 17, to apply for information or place your name on the ADR, please go to www.serviceontario.ca or call 1-800-461-2156.
For information on how to apply for an order to prohibit the disclosure of identifying information contact:
The Child and Family Services Review Board
2 Bloor St. West, 24th Floor
The government and children's aid societies will continue to provide non-identifying information to adult adoptees and birth relatives. Birth parents should be aware that non-identifying information about them may have been, or may be, disclosed to the adoptee or adoptive parent. Adoptees should be aware that non-identifying information about them may have been, or may be, disclosed to birth relatives. This should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to submit an application for an order to prohibit the disclosure of identifying information and whether or not to register a "no contact" notice with ServiceOntario.
The legislation applies to all adoptions that are registered in Ontario.
Members of the general public may call: 416-325-5666 or toll free at 1-888-789-4199.
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