Leslie Cameron 
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Re: “Nova Scotia refuses to open up adoption records

I consider myself one of the 'lucky ones', as an adoptee I was gratefully reunited (through parent finders) in 1987 with my natural mother when I was 28 yrs and found a sister too! My adoptive parents encouraged me to do so as it was something I needed. Loving parents (natural or adopted) always put the needs of their children above their own! It did not change my relationships-my parents (and family) were still my parents and I now had 'history or roots' something I craved. My natural mother did not replace my mother and I thankfully had a relationship with her for 27 years until her death one year ago.
It is a basic human right to know who you are and people who are not adopted don't understand this. My natural mother did not ask for privacy, she asked for a loving home for her child whom she could not raise because of society and church biases against unmarried women in 1959. We can't change the past but we can right a wrong by opening up the adoption records, as has been done in many countries and provinces in Canada, and allowing adult adoptees to find their 'roots'. It is very sad that we have a Minister of Community Services in NS who, when it comes to adoption issues, is clearly not educated and speaks without knowing the facts. Another very sad issue is that all the work was completed in 1992, they heard from all the stakeholders (natural parents, adoptees and adoptive parents) and made the necessary recommendations to open the records. What a waste of taxpayers money for the government to then do nothing!Twenty-three years later we still do not have a government with the 'balls' to move this forward into the 21st century! No wonder our province is still considered 'backward'!!!

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Posted by Leslie Cameron on 05/17/2015 at 12:30 PM

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