The Province of Ontario has new adoption information disclosure legislation that allows adopted adults and birth parents to get information from birth and adoption records. The new legislation affects adoptions that were registered in Ontario.
Since June 2009, adopted adults have been able to apply for copies of adoption orders and birth registrations. Birth parents are also be able to apply for information from these records.
What if you are an adopted adult or a birth parent and you don’t want your information released?
You can apply to file a disclosure veto if the adoption was finalized before September 1, 2008. This will prevent the release of any information that could identify you.
You can also file a no contact notice if you do not wish to hear from the child who was placed for adoption or your birth parents.