Kenya Bans All Adoptions by Foreigners

According to Kenya news outlets, cabinet officials recently announced a ban on foreign adoptions on November 27, 2014.

According to a November 28th press release, “The U.S. Department of State is aware of reports in the Kenyan press on November 27 of a Kenyan government decision to ban adoptions of Kenyan children by foreigners. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is working through diplomatic channels to confirm these reports and gather information critical to U.S. adoption service providers and prospective adoptive families.”

According to many Kenyan news outlets, Kenyan Cabinet officials recently announced a ban on foreign adoptions on November 27, 2014 following concerning reports in the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The study cited Kenya as a “source, transit and destination country in human trafficking.” Kenya is also on the Tier 2 Watch List for non-compliance with minimum standards for elimination of human trafficking, based on the 2014 US State Department report on trafficking in persons, also known as the TIPS report.

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