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New rules on access to birth registration now in effect

By: PAMELA COWAN, REGINA LEADER-POST Published on: January 3, 2017 New regulations will make it easier for adult adoptees and birth parents in Saskatchewan to connect, but not everyone is interested in doing that. The regulations, which came into effect on Jan. 1, make birth registration information more readily accessible for adult adoptees —18 years […]

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Former ‘unwed mothers’ call for public inquiry into forced adoptions

GLORIA GALLOWAY OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:29PM EDT A half-century after they were hidden away in maternity homes then forced to give up their babies for adoption – sometimes without holding them even once – a number of former “unwed mothers” want public acknowledgment of the trauma they […]

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Inquiry into postwar adoption policies can start healing process

Hundreds of thousands of unmarried mothers were systematically and often violently separated from their babies simply because of their marital status By VALERIE ANDREWS Many Canadians are unaware that in the immediate postwar decades, federal and provincial governments funded draconian adoption policies that harmed unmarried mothers across Canada. This is being referred to by scholars […]

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Manitoba adoption records have just been unsealed, allowing thousands to unravel their pasts

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Unravelling-family-secrets-311023721.html

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Exhibit features babies unwed mothers gave up

GRIMSBY — The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is showcasing an installation that honours the lives of unwed mothers and the babies they gave up in the early and mid 20th century. Foundling, by Michele Karch-Ackerman, is an exhibition that sheds light on a secret chapter in Canadian history: the stories of young women who were […]

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Ont. Ombudsman Probes Children’s Aid Society

The provincial ombudsman will now be able to look into any complaints about a cash-strapped Children’s Aid Society in southwestern Ontario. Andre Marin’s office said the ombudsman has jurisdiction over the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society, now that the provincial government has appointed a supervisor for the agency. Children and Youth Services Minister Laurel Broten announced […]

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WA Parliament apologises to mothers forced to give up babies

Updated Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:01pm AEDT The West Australian Parliament has formally apologised to the unmarried women who were pressured to adopt out their babies between the 1940s and 1980s. More than 100 people packed the public gallery to witness the apology and applauded the Premier when he finished his speech. Colin Barnett acknowledged […]

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Nanaimo-born woman’s search for sperm-donor dad goes to court

Born through artificial insemination, Olivia Pratten is fighting to have the Adoption Act declared unconstitutional so that children conceived by sperm donors can find out who their father is. Olivia Pratten’s battle to learn the identity of her biological father — an anonymous sperm donor — went to court Monday with her lawyer arguing she […]

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Adoption records spell heartbreak and happiness

May 31, 2010 Living Reporter Nicole Baut The past year has been emotional for many adults who were adopted in Ontario, and for their parents, both biological and adoptive. On June 1, 2009, Ontario opened its adoption records, after a 30-year fight launched by members of the adoption community. Adult adoptees and biological mothers could […]

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Unmarried Mums Get State Apology

DANIEL EMERSON, The West Australian September 1, 2010, 6:32 am The State’s apology to unmarried mothers illegally separated from their babies under harsh adoption practices is set to happen within weeks. WA is to become the first State or Federal government worldwide to admit hospital and welfare authorities were wrong to immediately separate mothers from […]

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