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“We support adoption because we advocate for every child to have a family which brings a sense of identity”, says Caroline Boraya, Project Officer, Changing The Way We Care project at Kesho Kenya during an interview.
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What does adoption mean for a child?

Caroline Boraya

Caroline Boraya: “It means hope, a home to grow up in, with a loving and nurturing family for steady growth and development.”

What is adoption?

“Adoption is a legal process by which a child becomes the child of individuals other than his or her biological parents.”

How open are Kenyans to adoption?

“Many people shy away because the of administrative process, and the fees connected to the legal process are too high for them. Additionally, Kenyan society still has a negative perception towards an adopted child. They see them as outsiders, especially when it comes to questions of inheritance and succession. Adoption is a grey area; due to cultural reasons, people are afraid of speaking up to avoid being marginalized.”

Is it difficult to adopt a child in Kenya?

Adoption means for a child to have a sense of belonging, security and identity.

“Yes and no. When you make your mind up, you need to be ready to go through a long process which takes at least 6 months. You need to have the financial means and a lawyer. A registered adoption society can take you through both legal and social processes.”

Any other requirements? “If one is single, one can adopt when they are between 25 and 65 years old. A couple that wishes to adopt must have been married for at least three years. Before the adoption process starts, one needs to reveal their social status, family background, health, living standards and must notAhave been convicted of any criminal offenses.”

.Where can those interested in adopting a child get advice from?

“They can go to any children office at the Sub County level. They can also explore various adoption agencies in Kenya.”
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Your last remarks to those considering adoption?
“I would wish to encourage anyone looking to adopt to contact an adoption agency and start the process so as to give most, if not all children a chance to belong to a family.”