Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ontario's Open Adoption Registry: An Update

Reader C.H. provides the following update on the opening of Ontario's adoption records:
Some people I know have now received their identifying information.

In cases that I know about, it seems that the father's name is not on the documents even though the mother has named him. I have been told this by people who fortunately have reunited but wanted to see if it was true about social workers omitting the unwed fathers name before 1980, even in cases where the mother names the unwed father and the father admits paternity. Possibly the information was whited out by others?

The wording in the application forms is that the unwed father must be *named* on the birth registration in order to get the identifying information.

I wonder how many fathers are going to find out that they are not entitled to identifying information (despite no disclosure veto being filed) because their name is missing from the statement of birth?

Also see our recent report on the opening of Ontario's adoption records: Ontario Adoption Registry Records Opened, June 1, 2009.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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