Adoption Guide

Requirements

  • The child must be at least six (6) weeks old and less than 18 years old
  • The child must be declared free for adoption by the adoption society
  • The applicant must have attained the age of twenty-five years and is at least twenty-one years older than the child but has not attained the age of sixty-five years
  • An adoption order cannot be issued in favour of the following persons unless the court is satisfied that there are special circumstances that justify the making of an adoption order—
    • a sole male applicant in respect of a female child;
    • a sole female applicant in respect of a male child;
    • an applicant or joint applicants who has or both have attained the age of sixty-five years;
    • a sole foreign female applicant.

Where to file

Any High court in the Republic of Kenya
What is required in court?

For Abandoned Children

  • A certificate declaring the child free for adoption – Issued by Adoption society
  • Recommendation of the Adopters by the Director of Children Services
  • Final letter from a police station stating that the child has not been claimed
  • Committal order – issued by the Magistrates court committing a child to a children home

Where One of The Biological Parent Re-Marries or Where A Relative/Friend/Guardian is Adopting(I)

  • Recommendation of the Adopters by the Director of Children Services
  • Marriage certificate if one of the biological parent has remarried

Where One of The Biological Parent Re-Marries or Where A Relative/Friend/Guardian is Adopting(II)

  • Consent from the biological parent/guardian
  • Waiver of consent if the biological parent cannot be traced (Waiver is issued by the court)
  • Birth certificate

Adoption Order

The court will upon being satisfied that the child is free for adoption and the adopter is fit to adopt issue an ADOPTION ORDER.

Role Of Registrar General In The Adoption Process

The Registrar General registers adoptions once an adoption order is issued by the court

What the Registrar General need to register the adoption;

  • Original adoption order issued in court – Must have a schedule
  • Copies of documents listed in Part 2
  • The Registrar shall upon receipt of the documents issue an Adoption certificate within 7 days.
  • Registration fee is Kshs 100/=