While the proposed miscellaneous children’s amendment bill 2018 waiting to be debated in the National Assembly, children homes and cares have expressed concerns that the bill is a threat to children homes across the country.
Under the umbrella Nakuru Children Homes Initiative (NAKCHI), children home managers say that the amendments to the bill will lead to closure of hundreds of children homes if passed.
The amendment bill seeks to make the Child Welfare Society of Kenya an independent and self-regulating child agency, with powers to determine how children homes will be run.
The society will also be fully involved in child adoption processes as well as children foster care cases.
The miscellaneous children’s amendment bill 2018 also seeks to give the society powers to give, revoke and renew licenses to operators.
According to NAKCHI chairman Michael Saisi, the proposed amendments are likely to lead to the closure of many children homes, putting thousands of destitute children and orphans in danger.
“Our attention is drawn by the 2018 children’s amendment bill which seeks to legitimize and make the Child Welfare Society an all powerful and self-regulating children agency at the expense of other stakeholders,” said Saisi.
The stakeholders also raised fears of hundreds of people losing jobs if the government moves ahead with its plans to amend the bill.
They now want the government to consult them before proceeding with any amendments to the bill.