Adoption in Nigeria

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Opemi Arueyingho
Child Care
Ms. Rae
2-28-2013
Adoption In Nigeria.
I have chosen the country Nigeria to research on adoption, because Nigeria is the country where by my Parents and their ancestors are from. I have also seen a few adoptions take place, Few years ago I even volunteered at an Orphanage in Nigeria, it was a mind blowing experience, many kids called me their aunty anytime I came by. Remembering those moments made me want to know more about the little kids life and what process it takes for them to have a parent of theirs. And I would love to know more about adoption in my ancestry land, and later on in my life I might consider adopting from Nigeria.

Adopting a child from Nigeria the child must be a newborn to the age of 7 years old. For an adoption to occur “the court has to grant an adoption order depending on the type of adoption taking place.”(Child Adoption in Nigerian) The very first thing to do when a person wants to adopt they have to gain permission for the court to go ahead. The court also has the right to terminate an adoption process if things are not going the right way, or if they find out the family applied under pressure. In order to adopt from Nigeria, whether a foreigner or not you would have to “Choose an adoption service provider, Apply to be found eligible to adopt, be matched with a child in Nigeria, Apply for the child to be found eligible for adoption, bring child home.”(Nigeria pg. 2) firstly have to decide and pick a licensed agency, it’s a must a person has to be found eligible, if your not found eligible to adopt then the adoption process may be cancelled. If your eligible they will find an orphan for you, gain legal custody and gain rights over the child.

Most children adopted from Nigeria are non- Nigerians, some think of it as helping the future generation but most Nigerians are not for taking a child that is not biologically theirs, many of these reasons have to do with the Islamic religion. “Christianity...
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