Former child in permanent care: request access to information
A former child in permanent care can request access to information about their birth family, why they came into care and specific information about their time in care.
You can request information about your birth family, why you came into care and your time in care.
Personal information about third parties
If you request personal information about a third party, you need to consent to the Disclosure Program releasing the name you used when you were a child in care to the third party.
Before the Disclosure Program releases personal information about a third party, the third party needs to consent to the program releasing their personal information before it’s shared.
Third parties include:
- foster parents
- foster siblings
- foster relatives
- other former children in care
- anyone who reported that you needed protective services
- anyone who provided voluntary services to you while you were in care of a child welfare agency
Information can be withheld if it poses a risk to someone’s health, safety or wellbeing.
Requesting access to information on behalf of someone else
You can request access to information 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.
Help with your request
The Disclosure Program can help you with your request. 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 a former child in permanent care (who is now 19 or older), you can request access to information about your birth family, why you came into care and your time in care.
What you need to do
- 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 months for the Disclosure Program to complete an initial review of your request. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly. The time required to provide access to the requested information varies depending on the information requested and privacy options.
There is no cost to request access to information.
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 request information online you need to upload any supporting documents in DOCX, PDF or JPEG format.
You can use the Request for Children in Care Information, Supports and Services Form (PDF 108 kB) if you're unable to request access to information online. Send your completed form and supporting documents by mail or email to the Disclosure Program.