Bill 48 – Red Tape Reduction Act, 2020 (No. 2) received royal assent on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Amendments to legislation will improve access to adoption information for adult adoptees, birth parents and siblings. These changes will also simplify and standardize adoption processes to align with current practice and clarify adoption terminology.
Read more about the Red Tape Reduction Omnibus Bill
Read more about changes to the Post-adoption registry
The Post Adoption Registry maintains Alberta adoption records that date back to the 1920s and provides information and services related to all adoptions granted in Alberta to adult adoptees, descendants of deceased adoptees, birth parents, birth family members and adoptive parents.
Adoption records include a variety of documents, including identifying and non-identifying information. An adult adoptee, descendant of deceased adoptee or birth parent can request information from the adoption record.
Foster care records
If an individual is over 16 years of age and was in foster care at any point during their childhood, they can make a request for their foster care records.
Adoptees, descendants of deceased adoptees, adoptive parents on behalf of a minor adoptee or birth family members may submit an Application for Voluntary Contact to show interest in an adoption reunion service.
Apply to exchange photos, letters and cards between an adoptive parent on behalf of a minor adoptee and birth family members.
If there is a medical concern like a hereditary disease, we can contact the appropriate parties in order to share genetic health information or to help get birth family medical information.
A health professional must complete a form confirming the diagnosis and the severity of the medical condition. For example, is it hereditary, life threatening and would it be in the best interest of the adoptee/birth family member to be advised of the condition? You can get this form by contacting our office.
An adoptive parent who needs their child assessed by a health professional or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) clinic or an adult adoptee requiring an assessment can have the clinic contact our office to request information on the adoptee's birth family background and health.
Registered Indian Status/Metis Citizenship
To determine whether an adoptee is entitled to Registered Indian Status or Metis Citizenship.
Alberta adult adoption
Information is available for an adult wishing to adopt another adult.
The Registry may also be able to provide the following:
- Sibling Registry (PDF, 206 KB)
- birth family information
- adult adoption application kit
- assistance regarding the beneficiary of an estate
- assistance with the Maintenance Enforcement Program
- copy of an Adoption Order
You may be eligible for services if you are:
- an adult adoptee 18 years of age or older
- an adoptee 16 to 18 years of age who is living independently
- an adoptive parent of an adoptee who is under the age of 18
- a birth parent of an adoptee
- a descendant of a deceased adoptee
- an extended birth family member of an adoptee
- a member of the same Indian Band or Metis Settlement
There are no fees for any of the services. An individual may apply for more than one service at a time.
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