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|Case Number:||Adoption Cause 268 of 2015 (OS)|
|Parties:||In Re M Alias A (Baby)|
|Date Delivered:||15 Sep 2016|
|Court:||High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)|
|Judge(s):||Lydia Awino Achode|
|Citation:||In Re M (Baby)  eKLR|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI
ADOPTION CAUSE NO. 268 OF 2015 (OS)
IN THE MATTER OF THE CHILDREN’S ACT NO. 8 OF 2001
IN THE MATTER OF ADOPTION OF BABY M Alias A BABY
A C K AND G W W (APPLICANTS)
1. The Applicants A C K and G W W are in a monogamous marriage which was solemnized at the [Particulars withheld] in Nairobi on 14th November, 2009. They have no child of their own. They wish to adopt the child known as Baby M alias A Baby a minor of male sex, through the Originating Summons dated 14th October, 2015. From the pleadings the court gathers that A C K is a Public Relations Manager with Dalbit Petroleum, while G W W is a Banker with Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited. They reside in [Particulars withheld], Kiambu and are both Christians.
2. Records indicate that the minor in this matter was reportedly abandoned in a bush in Ndenderu on 27th September, 2014. He was rescued by a Good Samaritan, one Monica Wairimu who reported the matter to Rweno Police Post. The report was booked via OB No. [Particulars withheld] at Rweno Police Post.
3. The child was taken to Ndenderu Health Service for treatment and later to Kiambu District Hospital for further treatment. The child was referred to Nest Children’s Home on 15th October, 2014 for care and protection.
4. On 7th October, 2015 the child was officially committed to the same home by the Senior Resident Magistrate at Nairobi court, vide P&C Case No. 224/15. A letter dated 16th April, 2015 from Rweno Police Post indicates that the biological parents of the child were not traced, nor did anyone come forward to claim the child.
5. The child was declared free for adoption on 27th March 2015 by the Little Angels Network, vide certificate No. [Particular withheld]. He was released into the custody of the Applicants for mandatory foster care pending adoption on 20th April 2015. Upon their signing a Foster Care Agreement dated the same day. Since then he has been in the continuous custody and care of the Applicants. Prior to the hearing of the adoption application, Little Angels Network, an adoption society, prepared and filed a report in court.
6. The Adoption Society, guardian ad litem and the Director of Children’s Services have all made home visits and established that the Applicants are financially and emotionally capable of providing for the up keep and education of the child.
7. The Director of Children’s Services also filed a report dated 30th June, 2016 recommending the adoption for reasons that the child stands to gain the opportunities provided by becoming the son of the Applicants and growing up in a family setting rather than growing up in an institution. The guardian ad litem, Mr. H M also filed a report that was favourable and recommended the adoption of the child by the Applicants.
8. The child was in court during the hearing and appeared to have bonded well with the Applicants. He was jovial and related well with the Applicants. Both Applicants’ families support the adoption.
9. It is important to note that, the orders sought by the Applicants relate to a child. In law, in any matter concerning a child, the best interests of a child are paramount. Article 53(2) of the Constitution provides the guiding principle on this question as follows:
“A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.”
The other pertinent law is the Children Act No. 8 of 2001 and in particular Section 4(3) thereof.
10. I note that this is a local adoption and the Applicants, in my opinion have fulfilled the requirements for local adoption under the Children Act, 2001. They have proved during the placement period prior to adoption that they are capable of taking on the challenge of raising the child in this matter.
11. Secondly, the Applicants meet the social parameters that are considered relevant to their taking on parental responsibility and custody of the child in this matter, on a permanent basis as would be conferred by the adoption order sought.
12. From the foregoing, this court has formed the opinion that it is in the best interest of the child to be adopted by the Applicants. Reasons wherefore, I allow the prayers sought in the Originating Summons dated 14th October, 2015 and order as follows:
i. The Applicants, A C K and Grace W W are hereby allowed to adopt Baby M Alias A Baby who shall henceforth be known as J M K C.
ii. His date of birth shall be presumed to be 26th September, 2014. He is presumed to have been born in Kenya in accordance with Article 14 (3) of the Constitution, and the place of birth shall be Kiambu.
iii. J M W (Brother to the male Applicant) is hereby appointed legal guardian of the child in the event that the Applicants die or are incapacitated by ill-health.
iv. The Registrar General is directed to enter this order in the Adoption Register.
v. The Director of Immigration is hereby authorised to issue the child with a Kenyan passport.
vi. The guardian ad litem is hereby discharged.
It is so ordered.
SIGNED DATED and DELIVERED in open court this 15th day of September 2016.
L. A. ACHODE