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Encyclopedia > Adoption reunion registry

An adoption reunion registry is a formal mechanism through which adoptees and their birth families can attempt a reunion. Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. ...


Generally, such adoption registries exist only in countries which practise closed adoption, i.e. adoption in which the full identities of the birth parents and the adopting family are not disclosed. Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent (or parents) other than the birth parents. ... Closed Adoption (sometimes called secret adoption) is the process where an infant is adopted by another family, but the record of the natural (birth) parent(s) is kept sealed. ...


Some reunion registries, run by governmental agencies, have access to the original documents identifying a birth family or adopting family. In general, adoptees must be adults before they may be given identifying information, or at least age 18. In the United States, state law governs whether such an institution may release this identifying information to the interested party. Some states have an adoption registry, in which both the adopted adult and birthparent must register before information will be provided. In other states, if the adoptee requests information, the organization will contact the birth parent and request consent for a reunion.


In Canada, adult adoptees from British Columbia and Newfoundland (and Ontario in late 2007) have access to their own birth and adoption information. In other provinces/territories, limited access to information is allowed; all jurisdictions have some form of reunion register. Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... For other uses, see Newfoundland (disambiguation). ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (de facto) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1,076...


Though many such registries are operated by government agencies, many private and amateur registries do exist, and can be found on the Web. These tend to be owned and managed by members of the adoption community and are generally more successful than government-run registries.


A problem generally with state-run registries has been the lack of publicity surrounding them. In contrast, in April 2005, the state-run National Adoption Contact Preference Register[1] was launched in Ireland with a national radio and newspaper advertising campaign, and included an application form for the registry being delivered to every household. The Irish registry allows a person using it to specify whether or not they want contact and/or reunion, what form that contact should take (e.g., letter, phone, e-mail), and, if they do not want contact at the time being, still allows for the passing of medical and/or background information to the other party.


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Adoption reunion registry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (373 words)
An adoption reunion registry is a formal mechanism through which adoptees and their birth families can attempt a reunion.
adoption in which the full identities of the birth parents and the adopting family are not disclosed.
In contrast, in April 2005, the state-run National Adoption Contact Preference Register[1] was launched in Ireland with a national radio and newspaper advertising campaign, and included an application form for the registry being delivered to every household.
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