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Adoption disclosure

Adoption disclosure refers to the official release of information and records to adopted persons and birth parents. Adopted adults and parents now have more access than ever to information. If your adoption was finalized in Ontario, adopted adults and birth parents can apply for information at If you are an adopted person who is over the age of eighteen, this may include original birth information such as your name at birth and the name of one or both of your birth parents. If you are a parent, once the child is nineteen years old, you may learn the name they were given at the time of their adoption.

For adoptions prior to September 2008, adopted adults and birth parents can file a disclosure veto if they do not want their identifying information released.  Disclosure vetoes do not apply to adoptions which were finalized as of September 1, 2008.

Once identifying information has been released, adopted adults and birth parents who are interested in contact can file a ‘contact preference’ specifying how they wish to communicate.  If they prefer not to be contacted once their identifying information has been released, they can file a no contact notice.

Adults who were adopted, 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


Receiving Non-identifying Information

If you know that the adoption was conducted by Peel CAS and you wish to receive non-identifying information, please mail your written request to:

Peel CAS
6860 Century Ave., West Tower,
Mississauga ON
L5N 2W5

Attn: Adoption Disclosure

In order to process your request you will need to provide:

  • a photocopy of one piece of identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, driver's license, health card, social insurance card
  • 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 the full name of the birth parent(s), your relationship to the adopted person, adoptee's birth name and date of birth, if known