Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ontario's adoption records bill to be voted on this week

The Ontario proposal to change the rules for open adoption records will likely be voted upon this week:

Bill opening Ontario's adoption records expected to be voted on soon - Yahoo! News:

...The law would open up adoption records, making it easier for adoptees and birth parents to find one another. Adoption records have been sealed in Ontario since 1927. Adult adoptees would be able to access their original birth certificate, which could include the names of their birth parents. Birth parents, meanwhile, would be able to see the birth certificate and current name of the child they gave up for adoption. The campaign would inform people about the changes and let both parents and children know they have the option to request not to be contacted. They can also ask a tribunal for a veto to keep their file sealed, provided they can prove releasing the records would cause harm....

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