Nigeria: Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Abroad (Nigeria) Order 2021

Date order in force 12 March 2021


The Order has been made in response to significant child safeguarding concerns due to issues affecting the Nigerian intercountry adoption system.

This is based on evidence received through international partners including Central Adoption Authorities and diplomatic missions.

The specific areas of concern included:

  • difficulties confirming the background and adoptability of children;
  • unreliable documentation;
  • concerns about corruption in the Nigerian adoption system; and
  • evidence of organised child trafficking within Nigeria

Such practices are contrary to the principles of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (‘the Hague Convention’) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

There is therefore a lack of confidence that adoptions from Nigeria meet the requirements expected in regards to the adoption process and to ensure adoption is the best outcome for the children.

As a result of this evidence the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, in the name of the Secretary of State, is of the view that it would be contrary to public policy to further the bringing of children into the United Kingdom from Nigeria as specified in section 9 (2) of the Children and Adoption Act 2006.Steps

Where a certificate of eligibility has been issued before 12th March 2021 the Secretary of State may continue to provide confirmation to UK Visas and Immigration that the prospective adopters are approved to adopt and that all required processes have been followed.

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