An adopted person who is 18 years old or older may 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 may 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 their 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 their 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 filing a “no contact” notice.
Penalties for violating a “no contact” notice are fines up to $50,000 for an individual or up to $250,000 for a corporation.
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.