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Good afternoon,

I am aware this email will only be considered for review by the Prime Minister and it's my hope that the subject will be perceived as important and serious enough for not only his acknowledgment but for some subsequent and substantial form of action as well. I'm writing to bring awareness to an issue I've just recently become aware of myself. The issue I refer to is worldwide corruption in the process of the adoption of children.

I'm an adult Canadian citizen who was adopted domestically at birth. The circumstances and process regarding my adoption story are not in question. To the best of my knowledge it was and still is a suitable arrangement for all involved. I am not anti-adoption and believe it is a viable option when people are faced with a circumstance where they are unable to raise their child.

Having said that, in the past few months I've become informed and am now aware that all adoption situations do not turn out nor start out like my personal situation. Worldwide there are children being sold, stolen, adopted and "returned" or "regifted" in less than transparent processes, and placed with entirely unsuitable adoptive parents. There are adoptive and biological parents who are deceived and preyed upon and open adoption arrangements being reneged on. There are adult adoptees being denied access to original birth certificates and being given questionable to false non-identifying biological background information.

It is my hope that Canada could be the first to broach and become a leading force in a worldwide redress of adoption processes as they exist now. Adoption has become an industry in which people are making large sums of money off the vulnerability of children and parents. It is a process which should not be for profit and one which should also be closely monitored and regulated by an unbiased international entity that exists to ensure all concerned conduct themselves in a way that is in the best interest of children and their families, biological and adopted.

I think it's time some country stood up and addressed this outrageous system that treats children like commodities and it would make me very proud to see that country be Canada. I have always believed that we live in a country that values children, family, and human rights, not only of Canadians but of people worldwide.


  1. I'll let ya know what I get back.

    I told them "I would appreciate being notified that this message has been received and read."

    You never know...

  2. I can't wait to read the response.

  3. In my usual sceptical way - I can only say - yeah, uh huh.

  4. You'd think they'd have to reply in some fashion. If not, I'll send it to the opposition ; )

  5. ROFLMAO - Yeah - that will work! : - }

  6. On behalf of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence regarding human trafficking.

    Please be assured that your comments have been carefully reviewed. I have taken the liberty of forwarding your message to the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. I am certain that the Ministers will appreciate being made aware of your concerns and will wish to give them every consideration.

    Thank you for taking the time to write to the Prime Minister on this important issue.

  7. Question for you...

    "I am not anti-adoption and believe it is a viable option when people are faced with a circumstance where they are unable to raise their child."

    What if the parents want to raise the child? Do you feel that should be taken into consideration?

  8. Mei Ling...damn you taking issue with an email I wrote to the government pleading for adoption redress lol

    Ok, you ask what if parents want to raise the answer is then they should. In Canada you know as well as I do we now have social programs up the ying yang that would enable anyone determined to keep and raise a child.

    As far as a situation like yours personally, I have no solution but yes I believe it should be taken into consideration, most definitely.

    I'm under the impression that your mom's hands were tied, that because of circumstances, beyond her control, beyond her cultural limitations, she had no choice.

    Correct me if I'm wrong and I mean that.

  9. On behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, I am pleased to acknowledge receipt of your email of April 8, 2010, forwarded to him by the Office of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, concerning the issue of worldwide adoption processes.

    The Minister appreciates being made aware of your concerns. Thank you for taking the time to write.



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