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7 Int'l J. Advanced Legal Stud. & Governance 1 (2018)

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  Legality and Acceptability of Child Adoption in Relation

    to Childlessness among Christian Couples in Nigeria:

  A  Case   Study of Warri Diocese of Anglican Communion

                               in  Delta   State


                                 E. A. Otobrise


                                 ABSTRACT
        This study examines the legality and acceptability of child adoption in
        relation to childlessness among Christian couples in Nigeria using Warri
        Diocese of Anglican Communion in Delta State as a case study. This study
        becomes imperative considering the various attempts Christian couples with
        the challenge of childlessness have made to cushion the traumatic effect
        they go through to have their biological children. It uses both the quantitative
        and qualitative approaches to obtain data. The population comprises all
        childless Christian couples in Warri Diocese of Anglican Communion. A
        sample of one hundred and twenty respondents is purposively selected for
        the study. The instruments used for data collection are structured
        questionnaire and interview schedule. Out of the 120 copies of questionnaire
        administered on the respondents, only 100 copies were successfully retrieved
        and used for the study. The data are presented in tables and analysed using
        simple percentage andfrequency counts. Although the idea of child adoption
        is considered oblivious by some, this study enthrones the legality and
        acceptability of the concept on a prominence making it a viable option for
        Christian couples with the challenge of childlessness.

        Keywords: Child adoption, childlessness, Christian couples, infertility, Warri
        Diocese of Anglican Communion, adoption law


                               INTRODUCTION

Child adoption is the legal process whereby a person obtains judicial or administrative
authorization to take the child of another person as his own and parental rights and
obligations are permanently transferred from the child's natural parents to the adopter'.
Under  the United Nations  Convention  on the Rights of a Child 1989, adoption is

E. A. Otobrise (Ph.D.) is a Lecturer in the Department ofReligious and Cultural Studies, Adam
Igbudu Christian Institute (An Affiliate of University of Port Harcourt), Emevor, Warri, Delta
State, Nigeria. E-mail: avwerosuotobise@gmail.com.

  Ufeli E. (2015). Important Facts about Child Adoption in Nigeria: Part 1. Available online
  at: https://connectnigeria.com/articles/2015/08/important-facts-about-child-adoption-in-
  nigeria-part-1/

International Journal of Advanced Legal Studies and Governance
Volume 7, Number 1 & 2, April & August 2018
ISSN: 2141-6710

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