Changes to Adoption Laws in Ontario

As of today in Ontario, adoptees and birth parents have the right to learn their family history.

A new law has been passed where adopted adults will be able to apply for copies of adoption orders and birth registrations and at the same time, birth parents will be able to apply for information from these documents.  This applies to adoptions in Ontario dating back to 1921 – over 250,000 cases.  Not everyone agrees with this new law however.  There actually was a lady from Stratford, (the small city where I live), that has fought to have a veto in place – this veto allows for the birth parents or the adopted adult to block anyone to request their information unless both parties agree.   So far only 2,500 people requested a veto.

For us this won’t be so much an issue – Alex will obviously know that he was adopted, not only by the way he looks, but by the fact that we agreed to be open about his adoption.  In the past as most people know, adoption was a hush hush thing , with very few being open in the sense that we now know it.  I think it will be interesting to see how much the new legislation is actually used.

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