It’s makes children feel they can search and that’s not true. It makes families and Mamas feel they won’t be found? Seriously.
OPINION: A violation of one’s right to privacy
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Theresa Aylward, Prince Edward Island’s “search angel,” hopes government changes legislation around adoption, allowing for opens adoption records on P.E.I. She is shown in this November 2017 Guardian file photo. (Katie Smith/The Guardian) – The Guardian
Just as there is a group searching, so is there a group who do not want to be ‘found.’
BY BILL NOSEWORTHY
I am responding to the points noted in your editorial ‘No one’s business’ and the op-ed piece ‘Remove the barriers’. Both articles support the ‘opening’ of existing adoptive records. The term ‘open’ refers to releasing identifying birth information of now adult adoptees to those who request it. ‘Open’ suggests releasing the adult adoptee’s identifying information without her/his consent and/or knowledge. ‘Open’ can lead to non-consensual contact.
Both Guardian articles refer to the need for access to medical information. Currently, there is a process in place through the Post Adoption Program to access medical information and other non-identifying information. If this process is taking longer than it should, adding resources to this program will ensure a more responsive service. This program maintains a registry for birth parents and children who want to reconnect post adoption.
I understand the consent and knowledge of both parties is a prerequisite for the sharing of information that may lead to a reconnection of the birth parents and the adult adoptee. If this process is taking longer than it should, again, more resources are required to improve the quality and timeliness of this service for birth parents and adult adoptees.
Both articles maintain the rights of those ‘searching’ supersede the rights of others. To suggest the rights of one group are greater than another’s is not based on fact, but is used for the sole purpose of supporting the viewpoint in the articles. Just as there is a group searching, so is there a group who do not want to be ‘found.’ Those who do not want to be found should continue to have the right to avoid non-consensual contact, and maintain their privacy.
Both articles assert ‘open’ adoption records that could lead to non-consensual contact is a panacea for all that is perceived wrong with the current legislation, the Adoption Act. That assertion is incorrect. All adoptions are not the same. Each is a situation specific to the child, birth parents and the adoptive parents. To suggest the best solution to this complex issue is to release the adult adoptee’s birth identity without her/his consent and knowledge, is an injustice, and a violation of a person’s right to privacy.
– Bill Noseworthy is a business analyst living in Charlottetown