Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Huge Demand Has Meant Backlog for Adoptees Wanting Access to Adoption Records

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Huge Demand Has Meant Backlog for Adoptees Wanting Access to Adoption Records

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Big demand means backlog for adoption records

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WINNIPEG - Manitobans who have waited decades for their adoption information are being forced to wait even longer, a situation the province's Family Services minister says is unacceptable.

Kerri Irvin-Ross says provincial officials knew there would be a big demand when the province unsealed 75 years of adoption records in June, but they underestimated how many people would apply.

The change allows adult adoptees to find out the identities of their birth parents and vice versa, with both parties having the opportunity to file a disclosure veto protecting their identities.

Irvin-Ross says about 1,000 people applied to see their records before they were unsealed on June 15, and 750 more applied after that.

Irvin-Ross says two more staff members will be added immediately to help reduce the backlog. …

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