Notice - Kenya, correspondence from Irish embassey in Nairobi
SUBJECT – Kenyan cabinet bans adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners
The Irish Embassy in Nairobi advises the following – cabinet bans adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners.
The government has banned the adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners. The decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 27 November 2014 and follows Kenya’s inclusion in the Tier 2 Watch List for non-compliance with minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, based on US State Department’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014. According to the report, Kenyan laws to not currently “define child sale, child procuring, child trade and child laundering as part of trafficking.” The Cabinet claims that this “has created a loophole for fraudulent vested interests, masquerading through ownership of children homes, adoption agencies and legal firms representing children, and adopters, to engage in the unscrupulous business of human trafficking under the guise of charity.”