Adoption in Africa

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This chapter reviews adoption in Africa. Situating adoption in cultural context, in a region where informal kinship care is preferred to severing legal ties with birth parent(s), the chapter explains that despite oftentimes elaborate legal frameworks, the incidence of adoption is low. A summary of applicable legal issues follows, covering diverse aspects such as eligibility of prospective adoptive parents, whether fostering is a requirement, and whether non-nationals may adopt. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of Kafalah in Islam as an alternative form of child care, and of the recognition of de facto adoption in customary law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Adoption Law
EditorsNigel Lowe, Claire Fenton-Glynn
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781800883260
ISBN (Print)9781800883253
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Family Law series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd

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