Having a child is a Blessing regardless of how you get one. Whether it’s by birth or adoption, a child is a bundle of joy to anyone who gets one! Here is how to adopt your bundle of joy in Kenya.
1. Before you adopt a child, you must be between 25 and 65 years of age. You must also be 21 years older than the child you want to adopt. The child must also be more than 6 weeks old and less than 18 years old.
2. If you are a married couple, you need a copy of your marriage certificate and evidence that you can provide a home for the child.
3. You will also need a copy of your bank statements and pay slips to prove that you can afford to take care of the child.
4. You also need a certificate of good conduct to prove that you don’t have a criminal record.
5. You will also need the following documents on the child;
a) Birth certificate,
b) If he/she is a school going child you will need copy of the school progress report,
c) A children officers report on the child,
d) Death certificate if the child’s parents are deceased,
e)A letter from the Chief of where the Child is located.
6. Depending on the child’s state you will need the consent of the parents, or if the child is born through a teenage mom, the consent of the Teenagers parents, if the child is more than 14 years old you will also need the child’s consent.
7. However, if the child was abandoned at birth, you don’t need the consent of the parents.
8. Depending on the situation you might also need a letter from a Police Station stating that the child has not been claimed.
9.Please note that in being granted your request to adopt, the Court considers the best interest of the child and your application should be child focused in order to be successful.
10. CAUTION – this is general advice and should not be used blindly, it is important to see an Adoption Expert to guide you on your specific situation.
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