Canada: Search Information & Support

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Whether you're an adult adoptee or a birth parent, searching for your biological family can be emotionally and mentally tiring. Even so, there are lists and lists of resources that you should consider using to help further your search or even just to start your search on the right foot. If you're in Canada and the adoption and placement was a domestic adoption--meaning it all took place within the country of Canada--there are resources specific to your home country that could greatly benefit you. Start with local help before moving on to bigger, international resources. Below you'll find an extensive list of Canadian search and support resources for those searching for birth family. Don't feel overwhelmed with the quantity of resources. Instead, take it one resource at a time until you find the best resource for your situation, needs, and reunion goals.

Adoptee Searcher's Handbook, The
A great resource for Canadian and other searchers.

Adoption Disclosure in Ontario
Search and reunion information from the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Adoption Information Act - Nova Scotia
Information on the new Active Registry and what you need to do if you've already registered with the Passive Registry.

Adoption Options
Licensed search agency assisting adoptees, birth parents and birth family members searching in Alberta.

Adoption Search and Support in Canada
Provincial resources, groups, and information, compiled by The Family Helper.

Alberta Adoptees Page
Information and resources for searchers (adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents).

BC Adoption Reunion Registry
Maintained by Family Services of Greater Vancouver, search, intermediary, and counselling services for adoptees over age 19 and their birth family members.

BC Open Records
British Columbia has had legal provisions for open records since 1996. Here's the text of the law; Part 5 gives the details.

British Columbia Archives
Includes vital records, newspapers on microfilm, and more.

Canada 411
Searchable telephone database for all Canada.

Canada GenWeb Project
Committed to the collection and distribution of Canadian genealogical information on the Web. En Français.

Canadian Adoptees Registry, Inc.
Free registry for adoptees, birthparents, and siblings.

Canadian Council of Birthmothers
The myth of confidentiality and violations of civil rights brought out into the open.

Canadian Vital Records
From Family Tree Maker, contact info for all provinces to locate birth, death and marriage records.

Information and resources for all Canadians, plus province and territory-specific Web sites. En Français.

Church Archives
Extensive listing of each diocese and major denominations.

Forget Me Not Family Society
Information and resources for all provinces. Email contact information.

Government Resources
Canada-wide Federal information (Chapter 8 of The Adoptee Searcher's Handbook).

Manitoba Search and Support Groups
Listing and contact information for groups, compiled by CANAdopt.

Montreal Black Market Babies
If any of this information sounds familiar, contact these "birth buddies."

National Archives
Wonderful resource for historical and genealogical information. En Français.

Native People's Search
Great search ideas and information from a First Nation's adoptee.

Obtaining Documents in Ontario
For adoptees, birth families, and siblings; contact information, document descriptions.

Ontario Disclosure Register
Mutual consent registry operated by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Parent Finders
Ideas, suggestions and resources for searching in Canada.

Parent Finders - Montréal
Volunteer-staffed search assistance; membership $40 initial, $20 to renew. Site available in English and Français.

Searchable White Pages for Canada and the US.

Provincial Resources
Guide to provincial offices and information, from The Adoptee Searcher's Handbook.

Search Canadian Newspapers
Links to online papers from around the country. Generally a fee for archive searches.
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Bruce - 12 months ago
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Looking for my brother. Paul Glenn reiter. Born January 1975. Pocock Taylor. Please check all registry Paul. We are looking for you #1
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