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Prince Edward Island Adoption Search (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2  by by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

The adoption records start in 1947 with Child Welfare and Government Agency involvement but there were adoptions as early as the 1930s.

In 1993 the law changed regarding adoption disclosure in Prince Edward Island. The new adoption disclosure rules are very liberal and provide adoptees, adoptive parents acting on behalf of their children and birth family members with the following services:

  • Non-identifying background information to all three parties.
  • A reciprocal search register to both adoptees and birth family members
  • An active search service on behalf of adult adoptees for birth mothers and birth fathers (if identified on records) and birth siblings if known.

There are no fees for health history and/or background information. There is a fee for the Reciprocal Search Register - if a match is made a fee of $70.00 besides $35.00 if both parties apply.

If you want an active service the fee is $150.00.

Adoption Services
16 Garfield Street, P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 7N8
Telephone: 902-368-6511


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2 offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about these courses or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

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