Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Not Looking to Open Up Adoption Records, Minister Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Not Looking to Open Up Adoption Records, Minister Says

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N.S. has no plans to open adoption records

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's community services minister says the province isn't looking to open up adoption records, even as many other provinces ease access.

Kelly Regan said the province took steps a few years ago to provide more information to adopted children, and also heard "loud and clear" from parents who had given up their children that they are opposed to opening up the records.

"We make a lot of information available to adopted children if they want to learn about their families, but I think we need to respect the women who have decided to give up their children and who may not for very good reasons want to be contacted," she said.

"At this point it's not something we are considering."

That doesn't mean her department may not revisit the issue in the future, but the current priority is transforming its programs, she said. …

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