Adoption Practice in Nigeria- an Overview

Tajudeen, Ojo Ibraheem


Adoption is the taking of a child of a known or unknown parentage, but known for sure not to be that of the adopter as his or her own child. Adoption takes different forms and may be done under Statutory or Customary laws. What is the procedure involved in adoption? Who may be adopted?  What are the legal effects of adoption? Does Islamic Law make provisions for adoption? This paper seeks to provide answers to the above questions. It takes a look at the current legal regime relating to adoption in Nigeria. Where necessary, suggestions for improvement are made.

Keywords: adoption, child, court, family, law, parents

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