1.Before this court is the originating summons dated April 2, 2022. The applicants DKM and SWR are seeking to be authorized to adopt Baby D hereinafter referred to as the child and upon adoption, the child is to be known as RMK. LJK was appointed as the child’s guardian ad litem. The Applicants pray for GWM to be appointed as the child’s legal guardian upon granting of the adoption orders.
2.The Applicants are a married couple and are both Kenyan citizens as evidenced by the copies of their Identification cards. The 1st Applicant is a hotelier, and the 2nd Applicant is an executive secretary. They attached to their summons copies of their bank statement as evidence that they are financially capable of providing for the child. They are also in good health and do not have any previous criminal records.
3.On record, there is a report from a social worker from the Directorate of Children’s Services. It is stated that the child was abandoned by her biological mother at Mowlem on November 23, 2018. The matter was reported at Buru Buru Police Station vide OB No 72/23/11/2018. The child was then referred to Mama Lucy Kibaki for medical checkup. After being discharged, he was admitted to Happy Life Children’s home. The child was committed by the Children’s Court at Milimani on February 20, 2019 under P&C No 185 of 2019. On October 29, 2021, the child was declared free for adoption by Buckner Kenya Adoption Society under freeing certificate No 05XX.
4.The child was abandoned when he was approximately one year old. Article 14 of the Constitution deals with the question of Citizenship. Article 14(4) provides that: -
5.I, therefore, declare Baby D, a citizen of Kenya by birth.
6.In deciding upon any matter involving a child, Courts are obliged to give priority to the best interest of the said child. Section 4(2) of the Children Act 2001 stipulates as follows:-
7.From the reports filed by the Directorate of Children’s Services, the Adoption Society and the guardian ad litem, the child is said to have bonded well with the prospective adoptive parents. Therefore, this adoption gives the child an opportunity to be raised in a stable and loving home environment. Accordingly, I do allow the Originating Summons dated April 2, 2022 and make the following orders:-a.The Applicants, DKM and SWR are authorized to adopt the child known as Baby D.b.Upon adoption, the child shall be known as RMK.c.The child is declared to be a Kenyan Citizen by birth and is entitled to all rights and benefits under the Constitution of Kenya and all applicable laws.d.The guardian ad litem, LJK, is hereby discharged.e.GWM is hereby appointed as the legal guardian of the child.f.The Registrar General is directed to make the relevant entry in the Adopted Children Register.It is so ordered.