Remove (cancel) 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 can remove (cancel) a disclosure veto at any time.
You need to remove (cancel) your disclosure veto if you no longer want to prevent the Disclosure Program from releasing your identifying information under the Adoption Records Act.
You can remove (cancel) a disclosure veto at any time as long as the Disclosure Program hasn’t already released your identifying information. If you cancel your disclosure veto, the program can release your identifying information.
Removing (cancelling) a disclosure veto on behalf of someone else
You can remove (cancel) 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.
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 or a birth parent who has previously filed a disclosure veto, you can remove (cancel) your veto at any time.
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 weeks for the Disclosure Program to remove (cancel) 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 remove (cancel) 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.