|Adoption Cause 4 of 2017
|In re of T E E K (Baby)
|01 Dec 2017
|High Court at Kericho
|In re of T E E K (Baby)  eKLR
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REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT KERICHO
ADOPTION CAUSE NO.4 OF 2017
IN THE MATTER OF CHILDREN ACT (ACT NO.8 OF 2001)
IN THE MATTER OF BABY T E E K (CHILD)
J K S………………………...1ST APPLICANT
H C S………………………...2ND APPLICANT
1. By their application dated 29th March 2017, the applicants, J K S and H C S pray to be authorised to adopt the male child currently identified and known as T E alias E E K.
2. The applicants are husband and wife. They were married on 12th December 1996 at the Africa Inland Church, Kimawit. The 1st applicant, J K S, is 50 years old. He was born in 1967. He works as a clerical officer with the [particulars withheld] in Bomet. The 2nd applicant, H C S, was born on 27th March 1974 and is now aged 43. She is a housewife.
3. The child the subject of this application is T E E E K. He is presumed born on 17th July 2012. He was found abandoned in Free Area, Nakuru, and taken to Nakuru Central Police Station. The matter was reported at the Nakuru Central Police Station and recorded as OB Number 81/17/12/12. The child was thereafter placed at the Africa Gospel Church Baby Centre to which he was committed by the Children Court, Nakuru, on 8th April 2013 vide Protection and Care Case No. 513 of 2013.
4. A letter from Nakuru Central Police Station dated 25th September 2013 indicates that since he was found abandoned and taken to the police station, no-one has ever gone to claim him. The child was therefore declared free for adoption by the Kenya Children’s Homes Adoption Society on 13th November 2013 and Freeing Certificate serial number [particulars withheld] issued in accordance with section 156 (1) of the Children Act 2001. He was placed with the applicants on 28th February 2014.
5. On 27th July 2017, this court appointed C K S the Guardian ad Litem in respect of the child. The Director, Children’s Services, was also directed to investigate and file a report on the fitness or otherwise of the applicants to adopt the child.
6. The Guardian ad Litem filed a report dated 3rd November 2017 in which he notes that the child is doing well in a healthy environment and has been mixing well with the rest of the applicants’ family. He has been taken to school, and all his needs are being met by the applicants.
7. In his very detailed report dated 15th September 2017, the sub-County Children Officer, Sotik, notes that the applicants have a stable marriage despite not having children. They have a home of their own at [particulars withheld]. The 1st applicant works as a senior clerical officer with NHIF and has a net salary of kshs.37,000/-. They own 4 acres of land on which they practice dairy and subsistence farming which the 2nd applicant is in charge of. They are active members of Kimawit AIC Church.
8. The Children Officer notes that the child has bonded well with the applicants. He attends [particulars withheld] Academy where he is doing well. The Children Officer further observes that the applicants are financially and emotionally stable and able to support the child. He recommends that they be allowed to adopt the child, as it is in his best interests.
9. Having considered the application, the affidavits in support and the reports filed by the Guardian ad Litem and the Children Officer, I am satisfied that it is in the best interests of the child that the applicants are authorised to adopt him. From the available information, they have the financial means to take care of the child, and have a stable marriage and a home environment within which the child has fitted well.
10. Accordingly, I hereby authorise the applicants, J K S and H C S to adopt the child, T E alias E E K. The child is declared a citizen of Kenya and his date of birth shall be 17th July 2012. He shall be renamed E E K.
11. The Registrar General is directed to make the appropriate entries in the Adopted Children Register, and the Registrar of Births and Deaths is directed to issue a birth certificate in respect of the child.
12. I appoint J K S and E C S, the 1st applicant’s brother and sister-in –law respectively, as the legal guardians of the child should any misfortune befall the applicants.
13. The Guardian ad Litem is hereby discharged.
14. It is so ordered.
Dated, Delivered and Signed at Kericho this 1st day of December 2017