Keep your adoption records private
If you're an adopted person or a birth parent you can apply for a disclosure veto and statement to keep your records private. This right is included in the Child and Family Services Act.
What is a disclosure veto?
A disclosure veto stops the sharing of information from:
- a birth certificate; or
- related adoption records.
While a veto is in effect
The director of family and children’s services cannot share any information that identifies the person who filed the veto.
How long does a disclosure veto last?
Unless cancelled, a disclosure veto lasts until 2 years after the death of the person who filed the veto.
How to cancel a disclosure veto or no-contact declaration
You may cancel a disclosure veto or no-contact declaration at any time. Use this form to notify the director of family and children’s services in writing.
What non-identifying information can you include?
When filing a disclosure veto, you may also include:
- the reasons you do not want to disclose identifying information;
- a brief summary about the medical and social history of the birth parents or their families; and
- any other relevant non-identifying information.
This information is kept with your disclosure veto. If someone applies for a copy of your record, they'll be:
- told about the veto; and
- given the non-identifying information.
File a no-contact declaration
You can file a no-contact declaration and statement if you're:
- an adopted person who does not want to be contacted by your birth parents; or
- you're a birth parent who does not want to be contacted by your child.
- allows us to release information; and
- prohibits any contact with you.
Ask for a record about a person who has filed a no-contact declaration
You must file a statutory declaration and undertaking if you're:
- an adopted person asking for your birth certificate and your birth parent has filed a no-contact declaration; or
- you're a birth parent asking for your adopted child's birth certificate and your adopted child has filed a no-contact declaration.
The statutory declaration promises you will not contact the person after you receive a copy of the birth certificate.
For more information about adoption disclosures, phone 867-667-3002.
In person: 401 ‒ 4114 4th Avenue (the Royal Bank building) in Whitehorse. Our office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Government of Yukon
Family and Children’s Services, adoption disclosures (H–10)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6