Who can adopt?
- People believing that children belong in families and are willing to accept and commit to a child unconditionally.
- Married couples, single applicants, step-parents, family members and foster parents over the age of 18 with South African citizenship.
- Children need stable parents who are able to address their emotional, physical and financial needs. This means physical and emotional healthy parents with a good life expectancy.
- Parents having realistic adoption preferences in line with the profile of children in the system.
Which children are available for adoption?
- The purpose of adoption is to find a family for a vulnerable child in need of permanency – not finding children for parents.
- A legal assessment has to be completed by a social worker to ensure there are no options in the biological family.
- Referrals of children in need are a reflection of the South African reality and are therefor predominately black South African children.
- Children ready for matching is mostly between 6 and 18 months old with a few older children under the age of 6.
- Health status vary from healthy to minor and severe special needs.
What is the process and timeframe to adopt?
- You can discuss your preferences and wishes and we will give you realistic feedback and insight and after orientation you can make an informed decision.
- The next step is a psychosocial assessment which can take up to 6 months – this also entail medical assessments and checking that you have not been convicted from any sexual related assault.
- A compulsory preparation workshop will equip you with knowledge, insight and parental guidance.
- You are now ready to go on the waiting list – ready to be matched should there be child who’s best interest will be served in your unique family. Your child will be legally available and also have a full medical record.
- The special and long awaited phone call…..receiving a child proposal with legal and medical record as well as photos. You can now make an informed decision with the support of your social worker.
- Placement will be arranged once all legal requirements have been met – your baby might be between 6 and 9 months at this stage.
- Legal finalization and registration – now it is your child as if born from you!
What does it cost?
- The charge of a reasonable fee is mandated by the Act and in absence of full subsidy from government. A specialist adoption social worker will spend many hours on therapeutic sessions, court attendance, and administration and after care which is calculated in a basic professional fee.
- An income based sliding scale is applied to national adoption applicants, depending on subsidy received in the province and region. This will be discussed in your orientation session.
- We want to assure you that we will take your financial position into consideration and not deny a child a family due to your ability to make a contribution towards the service.