Locations and dates announced for consultations on open adoption records

HALIFAX: Community information sessions on adoption records will be held in November and December to ask Nova Scotians what they think about open adoption records.

There will be a French language consultation through Université Sainte-Anne on November 29 from 1- 3 p.m. at the Petit de Grat campus.

Then on December 4, there will be consultation at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Bear Head Room from 1-3 p.m.

Currently in Nova Scotia, a birth parent or an adult who was placed for adoption as a child can request the government search for the other party. If that person is found, they must consent to having their identifying information released to the other party.

An on-line survey was launched on November 13, to ask Nova Scotians what they think about open adoption records. The deadline for the on-line survey is January 3. The in-person consultations are another way to participate in the discussion.

To see the on-line survey, details on the information sessions and how to provide feedback via mail or e-mail go to: https://novascotia.ca/adoption-records-consultation/.

Open adoption records mean that identifying information about one of the parties to an adoption, either an adult adopted person or a birth parent, can be released to the other without consent, unless the birth parent or adult adopted person has filed a disclosure veto.

A disclosure veto allows a birth parent or adoptee to register in advance so that identifying information about them cannot be released. A disclosure veto expires upon the person’s death.

Nova Scotians who do not wish to share publicly at an in-person consultation may reach out to facilitators at their session to arrange to privately share their feedback.

For more information about open adoption, please read a discussion paper at: https://novascotia.ca/adoption-records-consultation/adoption-records-consultation-discussion-paper.pdf.