A Race-Influenced Adoption from the U.S. to Canada

by Jazceal Johnstone on October 28, 2014 - 10:12pm

The article “Florida Moms Putting Kids up for Adoption see Canada as Promised Land with ‘Less Racism’ than U.S.” by Elizabeth Payne in the National Post on July 21, 2014 brings up the issue of the increase in children being put up for adoption in Canada by African-American parents because the multicultural country has less racism than in the United States. The author explains that these women wish for their children to be raised in a society that does not limit them based on their skin tone. These families believe that Canada will less expose their children to racism. Payne mentions at the end of the article that the woman in charge of the adoption agency Children’s Bridge, Karyn Bakelaar, understands that the parents’ ideals are not realistic and acknowledges that there is still racism in Canada.

In my opinion, this article brings to light the way people see Canada: an idealized place. I know because of this class that Canada is not protected from racial realities. We may say that Canada is an open society that accepts everyone with open arms; we may want to believe it; but, in reality, Canada is one of the many victims to racism in its society. This form of democratic racism is demonstrated through the belief that Canada offers equal opportunity to all which is false. They believe that Canada will offer their children a life with less racism which can be a possibility but is still an ideal view of theirs.

Some of the weaknesses of the article have to do with statistical arguments that counter the idea that Canada will offer a life with less racism compared to the U.S. Although Canada is more known for being docile than its neighbour, no facts are given to prove that there is indeed less or more racism in Canada than in the U.S. In terms of strengths, I do love how at the end of the article, the author adds the opinion of Karyn Bakelaar who acknowledges that Canada still has racism. She also adds that some of the women in Florida who use her agency have idealized views of their neighbouring country. By doing so, she nuances their opinion and that of the company she represents all the while proving that there are people who know that racism still exists in Canada.

All in all, this article brings to light the importance of battling racism in society. It shows the hope of families who put their kids up for adoption to find a more just life than the one their parents had.




Payne, E. (July 21, 2014). Florida moms putting kids up for adoption see Canada as promised land with ‘less racism’ than U.S. National Post. Retrieved from

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/21/florida-moms-putting-kids-up-for-adoption-see- canada-as-promised-land-with-less-racism-than-u-s/.