Upcoming changes to adoption records

Earlier this year, I introduced changes to the Adoption Information Act, which were passed.

Beginning in the Spring of 2022, Nova Scotia will presume all adoption records are open — both adoptees and birth parents will be able to access their information.

It’s important to note that you can decide to opt out of sharing your information. If you’re an adopted person (who is now 19 or older) or a birth parent, you can protect your privacy by filing a disclosure veto or contact notice before legislation changes take effect in Spring 2022.

You can do this by contacting the Disclosure Program, which can now accept vetoes and notices under the new legislation.

It’s also important to note that the change will apply to all adoption records. Even if you didn’t give your consent to disclose information in the past or you filed a Do Not Consent Form, you still need to file a disclosure veto if you want to continue to keep your identifying information private.

For more information, click here.