Adopting a child
Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the child’s birth mother or father.
A legal adoption order ends the parental rights of the birth mother and father and hands over the parental rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parents.
Who may adopt a child in South Africa?
According to the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005), a child may be adopted:
Types of adoptions
There are various forms of legal adoptions, these are:
Note: To legalise any inter-country adoptions it is important that social workers get in contact directly with the Registrar of Adoptions in Pretoria via the Departmental Provincial Head Office with the Affiliated Bureau for International Social Services (ISS) in South Africa.
For more information on this, please contact:
There are 4 phases in the adoption process:
2. Screening process
3. Waiting list
Accredited and designated child protection organisations
Note: Some of the above organisations may charge a fee relating to adoption.
Welfare agencies involved in foster care
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