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Adoption Glossary

Adoptee means a person who was adopted.
 
Adoption order means a document signed by the Court that grants the adoption.
 
Adoptive parent means a person who has adopted a child.
 
Adult adoptee means a person who was adopted and is now over the age of majority (18 years of age or older).
 
Birth parent means either a birth mother or birth father.
  • Birth mother means a woman who gave birth to a child who was placed for adoption.
  • Birth father means a man who
    1. is a biological father of a child who was placed for adoption,
    2. acknowledges that he is the biological father of a child who was placed for adoption, or
    3. is named by the birth mother as the biological father of a child who was placed for adoption. 
Contact Preference means a document filed on the Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry that describes the contact, if any, that a person wishes to have with another person respecting the adoption. The Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry will only share identifying information on the condition that the person receiving the information agrees to comply with the terms of the Contact Preference. 
 
Contact Veto means a document filed on the Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry prior to June 15, 2015 that informs the Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry that one party in an adoption does not wish to have contact with another party in the adoption specified on the Contact Veto. It does not prevent the Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry from releasing identifying information about the filing party.  
 
Disclosure Veto means a document filed on the Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry that prohibits the Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry from releasing any identifying information about a birth parent or adoptee. 
 
Identifying information means information in a record which reveals the identity of a birth parent or an adult adoptee or which sets out the circumstances surrounding an adoption. It is contrasted by “non-identifying information” which means information in a record about birth parent(s), adoptive parent(s), or an adoptee which does not reveal the person's identity but which reveals non-identifying characteristics such as year of birth, ethnic origin, physical description, education level, religion, and health history.
 
Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry means the provincial branch that provides non-identifying information, search, and reunion services to eligible family members who were involved in an adoption that was granted in Manitoba. It is part of the Department of Families.
 
Pre-adoption birth registration means the original registration of birth document that includes the child’s full name at birth, the birth mother’s name, and in some cases, the birth father’s name.
 
Substituted registration of birth means a registration of birth document that replaces a pre-adoption registration of birth. It is the registration of birth document of an adoptee after the adoption has been granted, that includes the full adoptive name of the child, and the adoptive parents’ names. Note: The adoptive parents’ names will be removed prior to this document being shared with birth parents. 
 
Undertaking means a form filled out by an individual who is requesting identifying information that indicates they agree to not breach the terms of the Contact Veto or Contact Preference.