One of the most difficult searches can be looking for a birth parent, or looking for a child given up for adoption. Privacy laws that exist today can hamper one's search greatly. We have selected some sites that we hope will assist you in your search.
The library does have a subscription to Ancestry.com Library edition but it must be used in the Reference Department at the Main branch on Victoria Avenue. No home access sorry.
Adoption Information in Ontario - if you were involved in an Ontario adoption, you can search for different types of adoption informationAlberta Adoption Records - provides reunion services and information to adult adoptees, adoptive parents and birth family. There are no fees for the registry servicesASK - affiliated with Parent Finders Canada. Provides search and reunion assistance and support for adoptees, first relatives, adoptive relatives, fostered individuals, foster relatives, and interested others within the Greater Toronto AreaBritish Columbia Vital Statistics Agency Adoptions - the Vital Statistics Agency has the legislative mandate to manage the Adoption Registry for British Columbia. This includes registering adoptions that occur in British Columbia and releasing adoption records to eligible individualsCanadian Adoptees Registry - searchable database for Canadian adoptees only. Includes a searchable databaseLiberation Children & War Babes WWII - During WWII many relationships developed between Canadian soldiers and Dutch girls and as result that there are some 5000 or more children were born that have Canadian soldiers as biological fathers. Researcher John Boers offers his time for free to those wishing to find out more about their origins
Mouvement Retrouvailles - site available in English also. Provides a for fee service reuniting adoptees and their birth parents
Orphanages - includes a list of orphanages in Canada and other countries as well as helpful search hints
Parent Finders of Canada - the primary aim of PARENT FINDERS is to promote a feeling of openness and understanding about adoption and lobby for open records legislation