Canada Independent Adoption Search (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2  by by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Parent Finders of Canada

Independent or private registries allow the widest circulation of search information. Parent Finders is a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1974. It exists to help adult adoptees search for their biological family members, to provide experienced intermediaries for first-time reunions, if wished, and to lobby for more access to records through changes in legislation. There are many branch and satellite groups across the country that are listed on their excellent website (some are given here below). They sponsor the voluntary Canadian Adoption Reunion Register (CARR) in which close to 60,000 people have registered. Approximately 18,000 reunions are on record, with an extremely high rate of satisfaction. The website always has very current news about all the provinces.

Parent Finders of Canada and Parent Finders of Ottawa
Box 21025, Ottawa South Postal Outlet
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5N1
Telephone: 613-730-8305

Adoption Council of Canada

Based in Ottawa, the Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is the umbrella organization for adoption in Canada. It is a national, non-profit organization with goals to inform, educate and provide resources about adoption issues in Canada concerning both children in care waiting to be adopted and older adoptees, birth families and adoptive families.

Adoption Council of Canada
211 Bronson Avenue
Mailbox #231
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6H5
Toll-free: 1-888-54-ADOPT (1-888-542-3678)

TRIAD (Truth in Adoption)

The society for Truth in Adoption was founded in Canada in 1982. Adoptees, the birth family, and the adoptive family are the three points of the triad. The organization also provides search assistance, counseling, regular meetings and a quarterly newsletter.

Triad Society for Truth in Adoption
Box 5922, Stn. B
Victoria, BC V8R 6S8
Phone: 250-474-2280

Other Agencies

Newfoundland Parent Finders
Box 287
Gander, Newfoundland A1V 1W6
Telephone: 709-256-3768

Newfoundland Adoption Support Group
P.O. Box 8896
Manuels, Newfoundland A1X 1C6
Phone: 709-834-1895

Parent Finders New Brunswick
Marie Crouse, President
935 Lansdowne Road
Mount Pleasant, New Brunswick E7L 4K7
Telephone: 506-375-6660

Mouvement Retrouvailles- Head-office
150, Grant - Bureau 201
Longueuil, Québec J4H 3H6
Phone: 450-646-1060

Parent Finders in Ontario
There are too many branches to list here. See the Ontario page on the Parent Finders website.

Parent Finders
Box 21025, Ottawa South P.O.
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5N1
Telephone: 613-730-8305

Parent Finders Inc.
Box 1008 Station F,
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2T7
Telephone: 416-465-8434

Manitoba LINKS Post-Legal Adoption Support Group
89 St. Michael Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 2K8
Telephone: 204-257-4742

Adoption Connection
P.O. Box 20062 (South)
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6Y8

TRIAD Saskatoon
P.O. Box 1221
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 3N2
Telephone: 306-665-3109
Website: Family Helper  (see website for other offices)

Alberta Birthparents/Relative Group
2147 - 141st Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5Y 1C4
Telephone: 780-473-1912

United Native Nations
Ministry of Social Services
#230 - 1425 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, British Columbia V7T 1B9
Telephone: 604-926-9304

Adoptees and Kinfolk Seeking Relatives
2050 Québec Street
Penticton, British Columbia
Telephone: 606-493-4319

Full Circle Birthparents Support Group
Nelson, British Columbia
Telephone: 604-352-6122


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