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Mr. Moses and Mr. Hakeem attended Adoption Centrums African Network Seminar in South Africa in 2009, Kenya 2011 and Ethiopia in 2013. The aim of these seminars is to share experiences and challenges in order to find workable solutions to make the continent a more child friendly environment.
The main areas of discussion were:

  • Challenges in adoption works
  • Ethics and Good Practice in National adoptions and inter-country adoptions
  • Background investigations of the child
  • Presentation of African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and reflections after the 5th International Policy Conference in Addis Ababa in May, 2012

Workshop: Protecting the Rights of the Child
Held in Akure, in Ondo State in April 2010 and in Lagos in 2009
This seminar was given in collaboration with:

  • The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP)
  • Child and Future (Holland)
  • Adoptionscentrum (Sweden)

Approximately 10 participants came from each of the south western states of Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Kwara. The participants came from various government agencies and NGOs such as the local police, immigration officials, the state Ministry of Women Affairs, private and state owned orphanages, religious organisations and student unions. The goal of the workshop was to raise awareness on child rights issues and sensitise those present to the needs of children.

Workshop: Record Keeping
This one day workshop was sponsored by Adoptionscoentrum and was held in Oshogbo, Osun State in October 2010. The focus of the workshop is to promote proper record keeping in the social welfare service sector, including in the offices of the National Population commission, the police, immigration, and homes and orphanages.

Workshop: Child in Need
This one-day workshop was held in Ekiti State in March 2011 was funded by the Child and Future Foundation of the Netherlands. The workshop was designed for caregivers, social workers, state security employees, immigration officials and local NGO’s working with abandoned children in the state. The focus was to sensitise people to the need for love and socialisation of abandoned and challenged children, the effects of separation from their parents, and the importance of record-keeping with children in institutions.

THE AFRICAN NETWORK SEMINAR - KENYA 2012
Ebunoluwa Foundation participated in The African Network Seminar, the four days interactive seminar for networking African Countries on inter-country adoption as highlighted at Hague convention was organized by Adoption Centrum in conjunction with Little Angels Network (LAN) of Kenya. Countries that participated include:

  • Ethiopia
  • Lesotho
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Madagascar
  • Zambia Sweden
  • Kenya

The representatives of participating countries made presentations on adoption situation(s) on ground, challenges and expectations. Other discussions at the seminar included:

  • The ratification of the Hague Convention in countries where this has not been done.
  • Possibility of having a central authority to coordinate and monitor the activities of adoption agencies.
  • Accountability and transparency as emphasized by the Hague Convention. At the end of the seminar, Ebunoluwa's representatives, Moses Ohiomokhare and Hakeem Ariori visited the LAN office for an in-depth insight to their activities.

SEMINAR IN ADDIS ABABA 2013
Mr. Moses and Mr. Hakeem were in Ethiopia for the ADOPTION CENTRUM'S AFRICAN NETWORK SEMINAR, which held from 20 - 30th JANUARY 2013 in Ethiopia. The theme of the seminar is DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION -EVERY CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO A FAMILY.
The main areas of discussion were:

  • Challenges in adoption works
  • Ethics and Good Practice in National adoptions and inter-country adoptions
  • Background investigations of the child
  • Presentation of African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and reflections after the 5th International Policy Conference in Addis Ababa in May, 2012

Countries that Participated include:

  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Zambia

This was the third in the series of the African Network initiated by Adoption Centrum. The other two were held in South Africa and Kenya in 2009 and 2011 respectively. The aim is to share experiences and challenges in order to find workable solutions to make the continent a more child friendly environment.

Workshop: Promoting Family Cohesion - Akure, Nigeria


Held in Akure, Nigeria in October 2013 the workshop was organized by Ebunoluwa Foundation along with Child & Future (Netherlands) and Adoptions Centrum (Sweden) with the Conference of South West Directors of Social Welfare and Child Development. Hakeem and Mrs. Aino attended the one-day forum.

Workshop: Promoting Family Cohesion - Akure, Nigeria
Arranged by Kenyan Government and the Child Adoption Network - East Africa (CAN-EA) and held in Nairobi in November 2013. The purpose of the event was to promote domestic adoption and the theme was East African Families for East Africa's Children. It was the first ever event of it's kind in East Africa, attended by 17 countries from around the world, with the purpose of bringing together non-Governmental Organizations whose focus is the care and protection of children within societies. According to the www.adoptionea.org website, the conference stood to "create awareness and to demystify the misconceptions about local adoption, touch base with the policy makers in order to streamline and provide workable solutions to encourage local adoptions such as the incorporation of kinship care and to reduce the number of children in care institutions and strengthen families after adoption." Hakeem attended the 2-day conference and came home with plenty of inspiration for the changes we'd like to see take place in Nigeria.