- people adopted and natural
parents will be able to obtain identifying information about each other
through the Post Adoption Registry [PAR]
- to apply for identifying
information, forms are at Post
Adoption Registry, click on "How to Apply" or click on
"Reunions" then "Registrations for Reunion"
- people adopted are entitled
to their name given at birth which includes their original surname
is ONLY available to the immediate parties involved; people adopted and
natural parents. The information is NOT made public or available to anyone
- PAR will provide identifying
information without charge to people adopted and natural parents.
- search agents/agencies
will no longer be licensed by the government to search
- siblings and grandparents
of people adopted and children of people adopted are not included in
open access to identifying information. They can register on the Passive
Registry [Voluntary Registry]
- PAR will continue to match
people on the Passive Registry and provide some counselling services.
- the search and reunion
process in place at this time in Alberta will continue until November
Please check the Post
Adoption Registry for current and upcoming search and reunion information.
Please be aware there is an information veto that can be registered
by either a person adopted or natural parents.
- An information veto stops
the person searching, adopted or natural parent, from accessing identifying
information on the person they are searching for. Before filing an information
veto, think carefully about the consequences for the person you are
denying identifying information.
- The person adopted is being
denied the right to know their origins and ancestral history. This information
is integral to knowing one's complete identity. No other person in our
society, except people adopted, can be denied the right to know their
- Natural parents are being
denied the right to know the well-being of the son or daughter they
lost to adoption. Adoption is promoted as a "loving choice"
to provide a child with a "better life", although this is
not always the case. Some mothers chose adoption so their son or daughter
would have a "better life" and many, many mothers had little
or no viable choice other than adoption made available to them. These
mothers, having committed no crime, have been excluded from knowing
the well-being of their son or daughter for decades.
- Be aware of the sensitive,
emotional and often over-whelming issues that surround adoption and
the consequences of decades of closed adoption records for people adopted
and natural parents. Obtaining identifying information helps puts you
in control of the future for yourself and your family members.
- It allows people adopted
to connect with their origins and helps facilitate their whole identities
- It will help many mothers
to heal and to process their trauma, grief, and loss created by
adoption and closed records
A DISCLOSURE VETO CAN BE
FILED BY AN ADOPTIVE PARENT
Bill 21 Section 74.2 (9) (see below) Allows an adoptive parent to file
a disclosure veto on behalf of their ADULT adopted son or daughter
(a) the person adopted
is unaware, according to the adoptive parents, he or she is adopted
(b) if the adoptive parents and the minister decide, knowing the personal
information from his or her adoption file will be extremely detrimental
to the ADULT person adopted.
Circumstances of conception, such as rape and incest were cited as reasons.
Both are criminal offenses committed against a woman, in this case the natural
mother. Why should the mother be punished for a crime committed against
her by being denied knowing the well-being of her son or daughter surrendered
to adoption? What proof will be provided that the person adopted does not
know they are adopted? The only person who can truthfully answer that question
is the person adopted. What reason is there to deny an ADULT person
adopted their legal right to access their own personal information? What
right do others have to decide if an ADULT should know the circumstances
of their conception?
Adoption Disclosure section
from Bill 21 [was Bill 24] from the Legislative Assembly webpage.
"adopted person" means a person who is adopted under an
adoption order made prior to January 1, 2005;
(b) "parent" means a biological parent and an adoptive parent
under a previous adoption order.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), on receiving a written request from an
adopted person who is 18 years of age or older, a descendant of a deceased
adopted person or a parent of an adopted person, the Minister may release
to the person making the request the information in the orders, certificates
and documents sealed under section 74.1(2) other than personal information
about an individual who is neither the adopted person nor a parent of
the adopted person.
(3) The Minister shall not accept a request under subsection (2) from
a parent of an adopted person unless the adopted person is 18 years
and 6 months of age or older.
(4) Despite subsection (2), if an adopted person who is 18 years of
age or older or a parent of the adopted person has, prior to the date
of the request under subsection (2), registered with the Minister a
veto in a form satisfactory to the Minister prohibiting the release
of personal information in the orders, certificates and documents sealed
under section 74.1(2), the Minister shall not release the personal information
unless the veto is revoked.
(5) A person who registers a veto under subsection (4) may revoke the
veto by providing written notice of the revocation to the Minister.
(6) A veto registered under subsection (4) is revoked when the person
who registered the veto is deceased.
(7) Despite subsections (2) and (4), the Minister may disclose to
an adopted person who is 18 years of age or older,
the birth surname
of the adopted person if the adoption order relating to that person
did not disclose it.
(b) a descendant of a deceased adopted person, and
(c) an adopted child who is 16 years of age or older who is, in the
opinion of the Minister, living independently from the child's guardian,
(8) Despite subsection (2), if the Minister receives proof, satisfactory
to the Minister, that all the parents of an adopted person are deceased,
the Minister may release to the adopted person or a descendant of the
adopted person all the personal information in the orders, certificates
and documents sealed under section
74.1(2), including personal information about individuals who are neither
the adopted person nor a parent.
(9) Despite subsection (2), if the Minister is satisfied, based on information
provided to the Minister by the adoptive parents, that
the adopted person who is 18 years of age or older is not aware of
the adoption, and
the Minister may
deem that a veto has been registered under subsection (4) by that adopted
person, in which case the Minister shall not release the personal information
in the orders, certificates and documents sealed under section 74.1(2).
(b) the release of the personal information would be extremely detrimental
to the adopted person,
(10) A deemed veto under subsection (9) is revoked on the request of
an adopted person who is 18 years of age or older.
The Canadian Council of Natural Mothers