Has your life been touched by adoption? Are you searching for your birth family or adopted child? Many people touched by adoption come to a point in their lives when they want to reconnect with their birth child or birth parents. This is a normal and healthy desire.
If your adoption was finalized in Ontario before September 2008:
- Adopted adults and birth parents can apply for identifying information from birth and adoption records
- If you are an adoptee, this may include identifying information such as your name at birth and the name of one or both of your birth parents
- If you are a birth parent, you may learn the name your child was given at the time of adoption.
- Adopted adults and birth parents can file a disclosure veto if they do not want their identifying information released.
- Adopted adults and birth parents can file a no contact notice if they are not interested in filing a disclosure veto but prefer not to be contacted once their identifying information has been released
- Adopted adults and birth parents interested in contact can file a contact preference specifying how they wish to be contacted once their identifying information has been released
If your adoption was finalized after September 2008, the same provisions apply as noted above with the exception of the disclosure veto. Disclosure vetos do not apply to adoptions which were finalized as of September 1, 2008.
- If you are a former adoptive parent (you adopted a child who later became a Crown Ward), you can file a disclosure veto, a no contact notice or a contact preference. You may also be eligible for other services.
- If you are an adoptee and have been adopted by more than one family, you will be eligible to receive identifying information about your birth parents as well as your former adoptive parents, unless your adoption was finalized prior to September 2008 and a disclosure veto has been filed.
Adults, birth parents, adoptive parents and birth relatives can also apply for other types of adoption information and services, which include:
- Non-Identifying Information
- Severe Medical Searches
- Placing a Name on the Adoption Disclosure Register
- Copies of Adoption Orders
CCAS, and three other partner agencies deliver the following adoption disclosure services:
CUSTODIAN OF ADOPTION INFO
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL
If you know that the adoption was conducted by CCAS and wish to receive non-identifying background information, please write to us with the following information:
- Your full adopted name
- Birth date
- Your adoptive parents' full names
- Any birth information that you may have is also helpful, e.g., birth surname
- Birth relatives must provide full name of the birth parent(s), your relationship to the adopted person, adoptee's birth name and date of birth, if known
- Two pieces of identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, driver's license, health card, social insurance card, as proof of identity
Please mail your written request and photocopy of two pieces of identification to:
Attn: Adoption Disclosure Services
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
1880 Birchmount Road, Toronto, ON M1P 2J7