File a disclosure veto: adoption records
Open adoption records allow an adopted person (who is now 19 or older) and birth parents to access adoption information if they want to. A disclosure veto prevents the Disclosure Program from releasing your identifying information.
You need to file a disclosure veto to prevent the Disclosure Program from releasing your identifying information under the Adoption Records Act.
Open adoption records allow an adopted person (who is now 19 or older) and birth parents to access adoption information if they want to.
A disclosure veto prevents the Disclosure Program from releasing your identifying information. The veto expires if the person who filed the veto passes away or has the veto removed.
Adopted person and birth parents
Once an adopted person turns 19, they can file a disclosure veto at any time. They can also remove their disclosure veto at any time. The program won’t release identifying information about the adopted person to the birth parents until the adopted person turns 20.
A birth parent can file a disclosure veto at any time as long as the Disclosure Program hasn’t already released their identifying information. They can also choose to only share non-identifying information like medical history and social and cultural information (for example, interests, occupation and spoken languages). Medical history can be critical for an adopted person and their children or grandchildren. Social and cultural information can also be important.
Filing a disclosure veto on behalf of someone else
You can file a disclosure veto on behalf of someone who doesn’t have capacity under the Adult Capacity Decision-making Act (PDF). You need to provide information about yourself and the person you’re filing for. You need to include a copy of the court order granted under the Adult Capacity Decision-making Act as proof of consent to act as a representative. You also need to include 1 piece of government-issued identification for yourself.
Removing (cancelling) a disclosure veto
You can remove (cancel) a disclosure veto at any time. It's possible that the Disclosure Program may release your identifying information before you file, change or remove your disclosure veto.
Help with your privacy options
The Disclosure Program can help you review your privacy options, complete the Disclosure Veto Form with you and provide more information about how open adoption records work. The program also provides an option for you to speak with someone who identifies as African Nova Scotian or Indigenous.
Who can use this form
If you’re an adopted person (who is now 19 or older) or a birth parent, you can protect your privacy by filing a disclosure veto.
You need to file a separate disclosure veto for each person (you can't complete the form for more than 1 person).
What you need to do
- Review detailed guidance in the Disclosure Program - Adoption Records Guide.
- Complete the form online.
- Check the form for details on all required supporting documents.
- Submit your completed form and supporting documents.
How long it takes
It should take 1 to 2 weeks for the Disclosure Program to file your disclosure veto. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.
There is no cost to file a disclosure veto.
Before you start
Make sure you have 2 pieces of government-issued identification (like a driver’s licence, Secure Certificate of Indian Status, passport or NEXUS card). One piece of identification needs to include your photo.
When you file online you need to upload any supporting documents in DOCX, PDF or JPEG format.
You can use the Disclosure Veto Form (PDF 140 kB) if you're unable to file online. Each person needs to complete a separate form (you can't complete the form for more than 1 person). Send your completed form and supporting documents by mail or email to the Disclosure Program.