Requirements for ADOPTION FROM Kenya

The applicants MUST be aged between 25 to 65 years at the time of submitting the application. Joint applicants MUST be married to each other and the child to be adopted MUST be at least 6 weeks old and resident in the Republic of Kenya.

Phyllis Kamau is our Social Worker who deals with all the families, documentation and liaisons with the Children’s Department in relation to adoption of our babies. If you are interested in adoption, contact her via phone on +254 724 351 073 or email on

For more location dependant information, read below::

Single women and married couples can adopt babies. They must be approved by an Adoption Agency before being able to choose a baby. Prospective parents will need to employ a Guardian ad litum and a Lawyer.

Once a baby has been chosen, bonding needs to take place, especially if the baby is more than a few months of age, before leaving the home.

There must be a 3 months time of fostering before the adoption process can begin. During this time and up until the time that the adoption is finalized, the foster parent(s) must take the baby to the home on regular specified visits, depending on the location of family home to the baby home.

PLEASE NOTE: International adoptions have been put on hold by the Kenyan Government until further notice.

All international adoption applications MUST be submitted through a Registered Adoption Agency in the receiving country, to a Registered Adoption Agency in the sending country (Kenya).

All foreign adoption societies MUST be approved by the Kenyan Adoption Committee before they commence operations. The regulations require inter-agency co-ordination and co-operation.

When in Kenya the conditions are the same as for Kenyans.

One of the prospective parents, must stay in Kenya with the child for the 3 months required fostering period before adoption process can begin, as well as the amount of time it takes to finalise the adoption.

Typically, only married couples only can adopt but in some cases, if a child has a special need, there’s a possibility that a single woman can adopt.