The concept of pre-adoptive leave was introduced into Kenyan law through a legislative amendment to Section 29 of the Employment Act, 2007, which came into effect on the 15th of April 2021. The Employment (Amendment) Act 2021 introduces the ‘exit certificate’ which is defined as ‘a written authority given by a registered adoption society to a prospective adoptive parent to take the child from the custody of the adoptive society.’

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