Kenya bans child adoption by foreign nationals

The Cabinet has announced a ban on adoption of Kenyan children by foreigner. PHOTO | FOTOSEARCH

What you need to know:

  • This is the second time in five years the Cabinet has issued a high-level directive against taking Kenyan children for adoption abroad, after imposing an indefinite moratorium in 2014.

  • At the time, the practice had attracted international attention with the United Nations and the American government flagging Kenya as a source and transit hub for child trafficking.

  • Fears were rife that some of the children were ending up in the hands of organ harvesting syndicates while others were sexually exploited, neglected or abandoned in family break-ups.

The government has banned the adoption of Kenyan children by foreign nationals with immediate effect.

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