Foreign adoption of destitute children is set to to be banned if a new draft Bill by the Labour ministry is approved by Parliament.
The Bill will also abolish the keeping of children in institutions in cases where there can be alternative measures.
The move seals a Cabinet moratorium of 2014 that suspended foreign adoption of children after Kenya was ranked high in global child trafficking reports.
Speaking during International Family’s day celebrations, Labor CS, Ukur Yattan said the Bill will also address issues such as early marriages, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, street families and child headed families.
“The ministry of labor has committed to work towards facilitation of family wellbeing and building capacity of families to enable them participate in the social economic development in society,’’ the CS said.
The 2017/18 report from the department of children services shows that there are over 109, 000 neglected children. Cases of parents squabbling over children’s’ custody were over 32,588 cases.
CS Ukur has said the ministry is in a greater collaboration with stakeholders to implement policies that will revolutionize management of children.
In his speech, Ukur said, “Children who have grown up in institutions find it difficult to fit in society because they have been denied love, care and opportunities for growth and lack self-confidence.”
The CS also inaugurated the board of trustees of street families’ rehabilitation trust fund that will coordinate rehabilitation activities in the country.
In addition to various interventions, Yattan said the ministry has formed a national council for children services and also launched an anti-traffic trust fund.
Currently, the government supports over 1.2 billion beneficiaries enrolled in the categories of elderly persons, persons living with severe disability, orphans and vulnerable children.
Annually the government allocates out Sh26 billion for budget support for the unfortunate persons in the society.The ministry has also developed a draft family promotion and protection policy that works towards empowering and supporting families for sustainable development in society.