Report lays bare how child theft syndicates thrive
SEE ALSO :Why babies are given up for adoptionTake away “This mother was still having precious colostrum breast milk, probably still bleeding from child birth when her baby was forcefully taken away from her, causing serious health trauma to child and mother, which may take many years for her (mother) to heal,” says the report. The report recommends measures be taken against duty bearers who commit such crimes to an infant in the name of welfare, philanthropy, charity or adoption. In rooting for inter-country ban on adoption, the report says there are enough local parents available to adopt Kenyan children. For every one child available for adoption, the report says, there were six Kenyan parents waiting to adopt him or her. By the time the report was compiled, Kenya had 440 families who were on the waiting list to adopt a child. It says that the country only met 15 per cent of the childrenwho were required for adoption, meaning there was still a huge deficit. “Some of these parents have waited for more than four years without getting a child (for adoption),” the report says. Of the parents who had lined up to adopt children, the team found, the majority were interested in children above one year. The report said inter-country adoption only increased competition for children besides putting pressure on adoption societies to produce children. Adoption The team established that some children’s homes were used to hold and hoard children who did, in fact, not require to be in the institutions, for purposes of adoption. Such children, the report says, should otherwise be released to their families or for local solutions such foster care, guardianship and local adoption. The team said there were many children in (children’s) homes who could otherwise benefit from the Government’s social protection cash transfer programmes. They could also be aided through the Constituency Development Fund and other social protection services available at the community level. According to the team’s investigations, 86 per cent of all children who had been rescued from closed charitable institutions had their rightful families traced, raising questions on how they ended up being taken to the organisations. “They were not orphans or abandoned children as had been put by proponents of those who justify existence of children’s homes and inter-county adoption,” the report says. The team said most children removed from charity homes were unified with their families within six months. “The committee analysed and found that it was possible to remove 80 per cent of all children from institutions and place them in families and communities within three years,” the report says. It adds: “Given funds and availability of social workers, children in charitable children’s institutions will be reunified.” [email protected]
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