The Adoption Information Act, 2005 received Royal Assent on November 5, 2005 and was proclaimed in November, 2006. The legislation allows:
- An adopted person who is 18 years old or older to obtain a copy of his or her original birth record and adoption order. The adoptee would be able to learn his or her original name at birth. These documents may also provide identifying information about birth parents.
- A birth parent to obtain the information contained in the birth registration and the adoption order of the child they gave up for adoption, once the child reaches the age of 19. These documents may provide identifying information about the adoptee, including his or her name after adoption. Any information about the adoptive parents would be removed.
- A birth parent or adoptee who does not wish to be contacted can put a "no contact" notice on his or her record. The individual who registers the no contact notice would be asked to voluntarily provide family and medical history and a brief statement about his or her reasons for filling a "no contact" notice.
- Birth parents and adoptees can apply to the Child and Family Services Review Board to prevent disclosure of identifying information where there are concerns for personal safety.
For information on applications for "no contact" notices, "contact preferences" and "waivers of protection" visit: www.serviceontario.ca. Or contact the Ministry of Community and Social Services at www.mcss.gov.on.ca, telephone: 416-325-5666 or toll free: 1-888-789-4199. Additionally, more information can be obtained by calling our Agency at 705-472-0910 or1-877-303-0910 (toll free).