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All records relating to an adoption order that are in the custody of
are confidential and may be accessed only as provided in The Adoption Act.
Postadoption records are maintained separately in the PostAdoption Registry. Identifying information may be disclosed where disclosure is necessary for the safety, health or wellbeing of a person, with the written approval of the director or in other limited circumstance under the Act.
The following persons are entitled to register in the postadoption registry, although any of them are not required to do so:
Any of such persons may be entitled to request identifying information or reasonable assistance to locate any other such persons, unless a disclosure or contact veto from such person or persons is in effect.
Any person who is entitled to register in the postadoption registry may file a disclosure veto, in writing, prohibiting the disclosure of any identifying information and may also file with such veto a statement which may include any of the following:
Any person who is entitled to register in the postadoption registry may file a written contact veto prohibiting anyone from trying to contact such person. The person filing a contact veto may also file a statement similar to the one which may be filed with a disclosure veto.
A contact veto may be withdrawn any time by the person who registered it, by appropriate request in writing to the director.
Even if a contact veto has been filed, in compelling circumstances affecting anyone's health or safety, the director may contact any of the following to share with them any information from the Adoption Record or the postadoption registry or obtain from them any necessary information:
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