Series 12 - Adoption Act

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Adoption Act

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  • 1968-1992 (Creation)

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31 cm of textual records

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(1934 - 2000)

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Part of an accrual received from Beverley Smith

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Series consist of research material pertaining to adoption, adoption reunion, and the Infant Act (newspaper/magazine/journal articles, independent studies, state/provincial/federal reports, Provincial/National Acts from Canada, the USA, and the UK, Federal meeting minutes), Correspondence between Mel Smith and members of Parliament, members of the Ministry of Health, Law offices, Christian Organizations, magazine/newspaper publishers, fellow political figures, and the public, Correspondence between Mel's comrades and members of parliament, and pages of Mel's handwritten notes regarding the topics mentioned above. Notable documents include a bound copy of Part VII of the "Fifth Report of the Royal Commission on Family and Children's Law," as well as multiple copies of the brief presented to Canadian Parliament by Mel and his supporters in opposition to adoption reunion.

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Some files consist of papers bearing rust damage.

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Beverley Smith


The content of each file remains in the file it was placed in by the creator, but each files' content and files themselves have been rearranged into chronological order.

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  • English
  • French

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Mel Smith was politically opposed to the concept of adult adoptive children being reunited with their biological parents, and procured this material to aid in his legal opposition to it. He was also politically opposed to the medical consent of minors, and procured part of this material to oppose it.

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October, 2022, FN

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