Kenya Adoption Alert

A Kikuyu woman in traditional dress.

Notice: New Kenyan Adoption Committee Formed (February 4, 2014)

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi received confirmation from the Government of Kenya that the new Adoption Committee members have been named and confirmed. The Adoption Committee held its first session on January 29 and is now processing adoptions again. If you have additional questions on the processing of adoptions in Kenya, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at

Notice: Kenya Adoption Committee Disbanded (January 7, 2014)

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi learned that the Kenyan Central Authority, the Adoption Committee, was disbanded, thereby impacting Kenya's ability to process intercountry adoptions. Processing of adoptions is, and will continue to be, delayed until the publication of the nomination of the new committee members. The Department of State understands that this event has triggered a number of inquiries from U.S. adoption service providers who want to learn how the disbandment will affect pending cases. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi continues to press for clarification and will engage with the new committee once it resumes work. The Department will post any updates regarding this situation on as we receive information from the Kenyan authorities.

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