What is Adoption?
Adoption could be defined as a procedure by which people legally assume the role of parents in respect of a person who is not their biological child. Adoption can only take place when the child’s biological parents have their parental rights severed for it to be bestowed on the adopting parents.
History of Adoption Laws in Nigeria
Attempts at developing an Adoption Law in Nigeria dates back to April 1958 when a member Bill was submitted to the Eastern House of Assembly. Although the Bill was not passed, the first legislation on Adoption would be enacted in 1965 and be known as the Eastern Nigeria Adoption Law 1965.
This law now applies in Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu, Rivers, and Bayelsa States. An Adoption Law would be promulgated for Lagos State in 1968 with other states subsequently following with their own laws.
The Nigeria Federal government would pass a comprehensive Child’s Right Act 2003 into law after signing international instruments such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).
As at 2011, 26 states out of 36 states in Nigeria had promulgated into law the Child's Right Act. The act addresses children generally but has specific provisions relating to adoption.
Morgan Hill and Adoption
There is a provision in the Act which includes the mandatory need for State and Federal governments to establish and maintain within their respective territories adoption services. Morgan Hill understanding the reason for such provision came into existence to fill the gap which had been exploited by either means of child trafficking or unauthorized adoptions.
It has her branches in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Kwara and is currently undergoing agreements with States that have adopted the Child’s Right Law.
Morgan Hill currently facilitates intercountry adoption and is in agreement with the United States and Canadian Adoption agencies. It acts as a Supervised Provider with its many affiliated partners who act as Primary Provider in these countries to ensure legal facilitation of adoptable children in need of adoption by families who seek to adopt from Nigeria.
The organization is currently in the process of expanding its adoption programs locally among states that have domesticated the Child’s Right Law, advocating for the adoption of such law in states yet to promulgate, and beyond North America.
For more enquiries please check our FAQs on Adoption, or please contact the Adoption Coordinator - Utibe Bassey-Duke, email@example.com