1.The Applicant, ENA vide Originating Summons dated December 14, 2022 has made an application for the adoption of baby RM the child herein. The applicant is not married. She does not have children of her own and is motivated by the need to provide a loving home for the child.
2.The matter proceeded for hearing via viva voce evidence on the Teams virtual platform on the 15th of June 2023.
3.The Applicant is Kenyan Citizen and of the Christian faith. She avers that she has the financial means and capability to take care of the Child. The applicant is Pharmacist at (particulars withheld). She has had custody of the child since March 8, 2022. She resides in Lavington, Nairobi. She fully understands the consequences of an adoption order.
4.The child was born on October 17, 2021. She was born to MK and BM . The said BM is a blood brother to the child’s mother and therefore the child was born out of the incestuous relationship.
5.Upon the birth of the child, the parents approached Little Angels Adoption Society with the intention of offering the child for adoption and signed consent dated November 23, 2021 and February 25, 2022 in the High Court of Kisumu.
6.The child was then accommodated by the Springs of Life Children Home for care and protection pending adoption. She was formally committed to CCI by Kakamega Children's Court through protection and care case number E00xx/2022.
7.ABM was appointed as the Guardian ad litem, she confirmed to the court that she had visited the applicant’s home severally. The observed that child was well and that the applicant bonded well with the child. She presented her report dated May 16, 2023 in which she recommends that the Applicant be allowed to adopt the child.
8.An officer from the Department of Children Services, Winfred Ikinya prepared a report dated April 14, 2023. The report established that the child was born on October 17, 2021. She was born to MK and BM . The said BM is a blood brother to the child’s mother and therefore the child was born out of the incestuous relationship.
9.Upon the birth of the child, the parents approached Little Angels Adoption Society with the intention of offering the child for adoption. The report was countersigned by MA. The Child was placed with the Applicant on March 8, 2022. The Report recommends that the Applicant be allowed to adopt the child.
10.The proposed Legal Guardians ABM and MWN attended court and confirmed They are willing to take up the role of legal guardians. They are the applicant’s friends.
11.After carefully assessing the records herein, I am satisfied that the applicant has fulfilled all the legal requirements relating to the Child’s adoption. Section 186 of the Children Act, 2022 provides.
12.The Applicant is 39 years.
13.Article 53 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 provides the overarching principles which must apply whenever any decision concerning a child is to be considered. It states:
14.This principle is restated Under Section 8 of the Children Act , 2022 which providesSection 194 (1) (c) of the Act also requires that if the adoption order is made the order will be in the best interests of the child, having regard to the wishes of the child, depending on the child’s age and understanding, and to the ability of the applicant to maintain and educate the child;
15.In view of the foregoing, the court is of the considered view that it is in the child’s best interest to be adopted by the Applicants. Accordingly, I allow the prayers sought in the Originating Summons dated November 2, 2022 and order as follows:i.The Applicant ENA be allowed to adopt Baby RAii.The Child is to be known as ABAiii.The Child be presumed to be a Kenyan citizen by birth.iv.ABM and MWN are hereby appointed as legal guardians of Childv.The Registrar is hereby directed to enter this adoption into the Register of Adopted Children.vi.The Guardian Ad litem is discharged.