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Post-Adoption Registry

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The Post-Adoption Registry allows for search and reunion services for eligible family members who were involved in an adoption that was granted in Manitoba. Registry services are provided by the Department of Family Services.

Searches can be done on behalf of anyone entitled to register, subject to any disclosure or contact vetoes and/or contact preferences on file. Searches for any person under 18 years of age are not permitted.

The Registry does not facilitate contact without the consent of all concerned. If a family member decides not to share information, refuses contact or files a veto, their wishes will be recorded with the Registry and the person seeking the information will be informed.

Support services are available to Manitoba clients through their local child and family services agency. These services can help individuals prepare for a reunion or understand why a reunion may not be possible.

Registry Eligibility

Adopted adults, birth parents and adult birth siblings can register at any time. Adoptive parents may register on behalf of an adopted child. As a best practice, signed consent from an adopted child age 12 and older must accompany the adoptive parents’ registration form.

However, once the child turns 18, the adoptee may either register on his or her own, or request that the adoptive parents' registration remains active by sending the Registry a signed consent. If the adoptee is an adult, adoptive parents may register only with the adoptee's signed consent.

In the event that the adoptee is deceased, the adoptive parents and any adult adoptive siblings may register on behalf of their deceased child or sibling. Children of deceased adoptees and parents of deceased birth parents, with confirmation of death, may register for contact with birth family members.

Applying

In order to register you must complete a registration form and have your signature witnessed by a lawyer, Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public, or registered professional.

If you live in Manitoba and would like more information about the Registry, or would like to obtain a registration form, contact your local child and family services agency. If you live outside of Manitoba, contact the Registry, toll-free at 1-855-837-5542.

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