The Press yesterday published a file on adoption in Quebec where we learn that the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ) has determined until now the choice of future parents of the color, among other things, of the child they wish to adopt.
A lawyer, Me Dominique Lebrun, demonstrated in a brief made public this week that this choice offered to future parents was discriminatory. After reading the brief, the DYP revised the questionnaire offered to parents. The questions allowed people to display their preferences for age, state of health, sex and ethnic origin.
For Me Lebrun, the DYP thus contravened the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Constitution.
Or does this angelic vision not morally condemn future adoptive parents to challenges that could, in some cases, exceed them?
Couples or individuals wishing to adopt a child are subjected to all kinds of tests to ensure that they have the capacities required to assume such a responsibility.
Because, as we know, adopting a child who could be psychologically disturbed or suffering from more or less serious physical handicaps is not within everyone’s reach, despite a lot of goodwill.
On the contrary, shouldn’t parents who are likely to have an accurate portrait of the qualities that read be necessary to adjust to the child?
Not all parents can receive heavy cases, children with HIV, older children or others requiring permanent physical care.
Mr. Lebrun also expresses the opinion that racialized children would be more comfortable in their ethnic background.
Or, it cannot be ignored that black children are overrepresented in child protection services. It remains delicate and, let us say it, politically incorrect to delicately these indisputable facts.
It is also true that white applicants for adoption outnumber black applicants. On the other hand, because of the times, white people are sometimes more reluctant to adopt a black or indigenous child for fear of being accused of colonialism or cultural appropriation.
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Remember that Robert Lepage had to cancel performances of his play Slavic at the TNM in 2018 for the cause of “racist appropriation”. Activists objected to white actors profiting from black history and suffering.
As we can see, the discourse of intolerance has made its way to forcing the DYP to redo its homework, even in the area of adoption in Quebec.
Fortunately, the adoptive parents will also be assessed by social workers who, themselves, escape ideology and the otherworldliness that results from it.
Consideration will be given in potential parents to their preferences and skill set, if not adoption applications are considering.
One cannot impose children who require constant care and attention on people who feel no affinity with the available children.
Adoption is not a political act written in rigid principles. It is a gesture of generosity, self-sacrifice and love above all.
The assertion of Me Lebrun, for whom the DPJ questionnaire is clear proof of systemic racism in Quebec, is highly debatable. For excess of virtue is truly the enemy of good.
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