|Adoption Cause 13 of 2011
|In Re Adoption of D.K( Minor)
|08 Apr 2011
|High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)
|In Re Adoption of D.K ( Minor)  eKLR
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IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA
ADOPTION CAUSE NO.13 OF 2011
J U D G M E N T
The applicants, M.C and S.L.C, are Swedish citizens. They were married in Sweden on 10th August 2005. The applicants have not been blessed with biological children of their own due to medical reasons. The 1st applicant is employed as a senior installation manager with a Swedish company while the 2nd applicant is a specialized preschool teacher. The applicants have been motivated to adopt a child because they are unable to have biological children of their own. Further, the 2nd applicant, being an adopted child herself, wishes to adopt a child and give such a child a home. In order to adopt a child in Kenya, the applicants were assessed by the Social Welfare/Family Services Unit of the Sodermalms District Administration. This assessment is in conformity with the Swedish Social Services Act. A report was prepared. It is favourable and recommends the proposed adoption. A certificate granting the applicants’ permission to adopt a foreign child was granted by the said Social Welfare Committee and approved by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was issued on 30th October 2009. The applicants were further assessed by Adoptions Centrum, a Swedish society for international adoptions. The said organization recommend the applicants’ application to adopt a child from Kenya. The applicants further sought the approval of the National Adoption Committee of Kenya to be allowed to adopt a child from Kenya. The said committee sat on 21st July 2010. It approved the applicants’ application to adopt a child from Kenya. A certificate to that effect was issued on 31st August 2010.
Baby D.J.K (the child), presumed to have been born on 19th March 2008, was found abandoned by the roadside in Kikuyu township by a good Samaritan. He was approximately one year of age. A report was made to Kikuyu police station. The child was taken to In His Image Home for temporary custody pending further court proceedings. The Kikuyu Children’s Court committed the custody of the child to the care of the said Children’s Home pending further court proceedings. Efforts by the police, and the relevant authorities to trace the whereabouts of the biological parents of the child have been unsuccessful. This court therefore dispenses with the consent of the biological parents of the child for the purposes of these adoption proceedings. The child was declared free for adoption by Little Angels Network adoption society on 11th August 2010. A certificate to that effect was issued and is in the court file. The child was placed under the care and custody of the applicants on 27th October 2010 for compulsory foster care pending these adoption proceedings.
The court read the reports prepared by Little Angels Network, by the local adoption society, by Adoptions Centrum, the foreign adoption society, by the Director of Children’s Services and by E.K, the guardian ad litem. The court had the benefit of reading the reports prepared in Sweden in regard to the applicants’ application to adopt a foreign child. All the above reports are favourable and recommend the applicants’ application to adopt the child. This is an international adoption. There are certain conditions that the applicants must fulfill before this court can allow them to adopt the child. The first condition is that the applicants must be approved by the relevant adoption authorities in their country of origin. In the present case, the applicants have been assessed and approved by the relevant authorities in their country of origin, Sweden. This court had the benefit of reading the report prepared by the foreign adoption society. This court is satisfied that the applicants have been approved by the relevant authorities in Sweden to adopt a foreign child, and specifically a Kenyan child.
The second condition is that the applicants must be approved by the National Adoption Committee in Kenya to adopt a child in Kenya. The applicants have been assessed by the said National Adoption Committee. A certificate has been issued by the said committee approving the applicants’ application to adopt a child in Kenya. The third condition is that the applicants must satisfy the court that they have fulfilled the legal requirements regarding the adoption, including having custody of the child for a sufficient period of time to enable bonding to take place. This period must not be less than three (3) months. It was clear to the court that the applicants have fulfilled all the legal requirements in respect to international adoption. The applicants have had the custody of the child since 27th October 2010. In the period that the child has been in their custody, the child has bonded with them. This was evident from the reports prepared by the Director of Children’s Services, by the guardian ad litem and by the local adoption society. The applicants have established that they have the financial and emotional capability to take care of the child.
In the premises therefore, this court finds that the applicants have met the criteria set for international adoptions. The applicants, M. C and S.L.C, are hereby authorized to adopt baby D.J.K alias K.N. The child shall henceforth be known as D.R.C. T and T.M are hereby appointed to be the legal guardians of the child should misfortune befall the applicants. The Registrar General is hereby directed to enter this order in the Adoption Register. The guardian ad litem is hereby discharged. It is so ordered.