Adoption records consultation

The government needs input from Nova Scotians on whether provincial adoption records should be more accessible.

We’re looking at how information from adoption records is shared. This is a sensitive and personal matter to people impacted by adoption, and we want to have a full discussion with Nova Scotians.

We want to hear from all people involved in adoption — adopted persons, birth parents and adoptive parents, as well as family members and anyone with an interest in this issue.

Provinces, with the exception of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, have legislation to allow more access to identifying information from adoption records.

Open adoption records mean identifying information about one of the people in an adoption (either an adult adopted person or a birth parent) can be released to the other party without first obtaining consent, unless there is a Disclosure Veto preventing identifying information from being released.

Attitudes towards adoption have changed over the years and Nova Scotians may wish to consider open adoption records legislation.

Before any change to the legislation is even considered, government wants to hear the views of Nova Scotians.


This discussion paper outlines the history of adoption and adoption records in Nova Scotia, how government handles the release of adoption records now, and the approach that other provinces take. Review the discussion paper before completing the survey or submitting feedback.

How to participate

There are several ways to participate.


You can complete our survey. The survey consists of 8 questions and includes space for additional comments.

  1. Review the discussion paper before completing the survey.
  2. Take the online survey


You can also email your feedback to


You can mail in your survey answers to:

Child, Youth and Family Supports, Head Office
5675 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS, B3J 1H1

Please consider the 8 questions from the survey in your feedback. Review the discussion paper before submitting feedback.

The deadline for the survey, email and mail submissions is 3 January, 2020.

Information sessions

In-person consultations are being held throughout the province. The dates and locations are as follows.

If any accessibility accommodations are required, please contact

Village of New Minas Civic Centre
9489 Commercial Street, New Minas, Room 120
Wednesday, 27 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Lunenburg County Multi-Purpose Centre
135 North Park Street, Bridgewater, Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, 27 November - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Yarmouth County Museum & Archives
22 Collins Street, Yarmouth 
Thursday, 28 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Note: Parking available on Parade Street parking lot and enter the museum through the rear entrance

NSCC Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street, Truro, Forrester Hall, Room 229
Monday, 2 December - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Note: Register license plate with Security Desk in lobby of Forrester Hall

Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Family & Children Services
61 Mini Mall Drive, Eskasoni, Training room in the basement
Tuesday, 3 December - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Room B-101B
Tuesday, 3 December - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
606 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury, Room 1/3 Bear Head
Wednesday, 4 December  - 1:00pm to 3:00pm 

Canada Games Centre
26 Thomas Raddal Drive, Halifax, Boardroom
Saturday, 7 December - 1:00pm-3:00pm

Millbrook Community Hall
72 Church Road, Truro
Monday, 9 December - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

HG Bauld Centre
35 Wilfred Jackson Way, Dartmouth
Tuesday, 10 December - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

French Information sessions

Université Sainte-Anne - Campus d'Halifax
1190 Barrington Street, Suite 100, Halifax
Friday, 29 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Université Sainte-Anne - Campus de Pointe-de-l'Église
1695 Highway 1, Church Point, Room GB318
Friday, 29 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Université Sainte-Anne - Campus de Tusket
1 Slocomb Crescent, Tusket
Friday, 29 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Université Sainte-Anne - Campus de Saint-Joseph-du-Moine
12521 Cabot Trail, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine
Friday, 29 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Campus de Petit-de-Grat
3433, route 206, Petit-de-Grat
Friday, 29 November - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Note: Broadcast in French from the Halifax campus to all campuses. Please check in with campus reception and you will be directed to the appropriate room.


All questions about specific adoption records should be directed to the Adoption Disclosure Services Program:

Phone: 902-424-2755


Adoption Disclosure Services Program
Halifax District Office – Child Welfare
103 Garland Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 0K5


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