New Brunswick Government To Make Adoption Records Accessible April 1st

Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2018 09:30 AM

The provincial government will be able to provide basic information about adoptions starting April 1st after changes to the Family Services Act.

Adoptees and birth parents will be able to apply for access to identifying information through the Post Adoption Disclosure Services Branch.

Information can only be released if the youngest adoptee in a sibling group is 19 years old.

Adoptees, and birth parents are not the only people who can apply for this information, since adult children of a deceased adult adoptee, and adult children of a deceased birth parent whose child was placed for adoption can also apply.

People wishing to remain anonymous can do so, providing they file a disclosure veto as soon as possible.

Applicants can also put in place a contact preference, limiting the ways and number of times they can be contacted.

Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman says this change is in recognition of the changing attitudes around adoption.

The New Brunswick Post Adoption Registry has access to more than a century of records.

More information is available from the department’s Post Adoption Disclosure Services branch at 1-844-851-0999 (toll-free in Canada and the United States) or at

More details can be found HERE.