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126 Adoption records Adoption records are normally kept confidential until the adopted child is 18 years old. If an adopted child wants to find his or her natural parents after they are 18, they can register with the Ontario Government Adoption Disclosure Office. If the natural birth parents also register, the Adoption Office will arrange a meeting. If the natural parents do not register, the child can ask the Adoption Office to do a search for any surviving natural relatives. However, there is usually a long waiting list for this search.
Although adopted children may not be able to find out who their natural parents are until they are 18 years old, there is some information that they can find out. If the child gets permission from their adoptive parents, they can ask the Adoption Office to give them the social and medical history of their birth parents. The actual names of the birth parents are not part of this information.