THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 15, No. 2 (2017)
Child Adoption Investigation in Nigeria: Challenges and Options
Olayinka Modupe Onayemi & Adeyinka Abedeen Aderinto
Department of Sociology University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Based on qualitative information gathered through nine sessions of in-depth Interview with Social welfare officials and 10 Key informant interviews with five orphanage managers, and five legal practitioners, the study examined the conduct of adoption investigation in three purposively selected Nigerian states. Anchored in the functionalist theory, the study argues that conducting a reliable investigation of child adoption is essential. This is premised on the notion that investigation is highly pivotal to a successful adoption and the ultimate goal of adoption. The study therefore examined the reliability of, and challenges to reliable adoption investigation in Nigeria. Findings revealed that the manner of adoption investigation does not guarantee reliable child placement and security. More so, the process is challenged with unavailability of requisite logistics, lack of synergy between adoption officials,
insufficient training and retraining of adoption official and lastly, legal regime backing up the practice. A more systematic and supported investigation is thereby recommended.
Keywords: Adoption challenges, investigation, Nigeria