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>THE ADOPTION SHOW - VOICES ENDING THE MYTH
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>Sunday May 27, 2007
>8:30 PM (EST)
>www.theadoptionshow.com
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>Intro with Wendy Rowney from the Coalition for Open Records (COAR).
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>Three adoptees and one natural father have launched a constitutional challenge against the Ontario (Canada) Goverment claiming privacy rights will be violated with the legislative passing of The Adoption Disclosure Act (2005), set to unseal original birth registrations for adoptees and amended birth certificates for mothers beginning September 2007. (See below for COAR's update on this constitutional challenge.)
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>Guests
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>Evelyn Robinson, MA, Dip Ed, BSW
>Evelyn lost her son Stephen, to adoption in 1970 in Australia. Mother and son reunited in 1991. Originally from Scotland, Evelyn has been working in the post adoption area for the last fifteen years and has written two books, "Adoption and Loss � The Hidden Grief" (2004 Clova Publications) and "Adoption and Recovery � Solving the Mystery of Reunion" (2004 Clova Publications).
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>Evelyn has presented seminars all over the world, both to adoption professionals and to those whose lives have been affected by adoption separation.
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>Jane Sliwka
>Born and adopted in Australia, Jane says her life was like being in prison...."Ask any criminal how long they'd like to be inside, 18 years? 19? 30? 50?" She didn't want to endure closed adoption for any longer than she had to. Jane counted down the months and days until her 18th birthday when she was legally allowed to know her mother's name. She said the day she turned 18 was like being set free and she sent off the form to find her mother.
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>She is in reunion and speaks openly about how adoption has impacted her life and how she feels about adoption practices, laws and assumptions. Since coming out of her shell Jane says she's rocked everybody's world.
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>Message to the global adoption community from COAR
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> Dear friends:
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>Over the past several months our lawyers at Heenan Blaikie and the COAR Coordinating Committee have been busy preparing simultaneously for our application for intervenor status and the upcoming constitutional challenge to the Adoption Information Disclosure Act (Ontario).
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>We were delayed initially in making our application for intervenor status because we were waiting for the government lawyers to explain to our lawyers what their strategy in the case would be. In order for a judge to grant intervenor status, the applicant has to demonstrate that they will bring something different to the court case and will not simply repeat information provided by the other parties. We have now made our application and it will be heard by a judge later this month. Not surprisingly, our opponents' lawyer, Clayton Ruby, has objected to COAR's application for intervenor status. However, our lawyers are cautiously confident that we will be accepted.
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>Assuming that we will be granted intervenor status, our lawyers are preparing our case. We are currently busy locating experts willing to get involved and support us.
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>The case is scheduled to be heard on June 27� 29, 2007 in downtown Toronto. We hope that some of you will be able to come and show your support for open records by sitting in the court room. When we know further details regarding the location and time, we will let you know.
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>Our lawyers have indicated that this will be a long journey as it is likely that the group that loses the initial case will appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeals. We should all be prepared for a lengthy battle � It's lucky the adoption community has so much experience in fighting long fights! We've been fighting for open records for over thirty years.
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>We will keep you informed as we learn more.
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>Sincerely,
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>Michael Grand
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>mgrand(a)uoguelph.ca
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>Karen Lynn
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>ccnm(a)rogers.com
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>Wendy Rowney
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>wrowney(a)rogers.com
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>The COAR Coordinating Committee
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>Contact The Adoption Show
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>Host, Producer
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>My notes from the show.. that can be listened to if one follows the link..
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>Wendy Rowny.. COAR.. and the adoption community is..
>Applying for intervenor status..
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>So... three adoptees and one birthfather are trying to stop the opening records and Clayton Ruby is helping them to challenge the adoption disclosure information act..
>They say it will violate their privacy..
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>The ones trying to stop the current legistation... say "opening of the records violiate their privacy rights".. but not really saying that..
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>No contact veto is going to be available but these people are saying that this is releasing too much information so there must be a disclosure veto.. Do not want the names released if the disclosure veto is used..and or implimented.
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>Do not want anyone barging into their lives.. COAR sys the no contact veto works for this but the challengies (three adoptees and one birthfather) say no..
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>This challenge by Ruby and the four is against the government of Ontario... and COAR (and the adoption community) wants to be involved in the challenge..
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>Intervenor status..
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>COAR says this is not (should not be) a case betwen the four people and the government..
>But should really be a case against one part of the adoption community and another part of the adoption community.
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>Will this constitutial challenge effect the openness in
>Sept? May be impacted by the court case..
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>Disclosure Veto? <much stronger than the contact veto..
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>In the new legistation a person can apply for anonymity (contact veto).. but not a veto on giving up name.
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>COAR is looking at a human rights issue.. on terms of getting the name..


If I am wrong please correct me in my intrepretation of what was
said.. or what is really going down..

I think this is going to be important..

Jackie