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Children and Families

Adopting a child

The decision to adopt is life changing for both the respective parents and the child. Whether you're battling with infertility or simply have a desire to expand your family, adoption might be the right decision for you. 

Adoption Matters Amendment Bill

(File type: pdf; size: 24.47 KB)15 October 1998Department of Social Development (National) (The Government of South Africa)
This bill amends the Child Care Act, 1983, so as to simplify the procedure for the granting of legal representation for children in children's court proceedings as well as to: Provide for the rights of certain natural fathers where the adoption of their children born out of wedlock has been proposed and for certain notice to be given. Amend the Natural Fathers of Children Born out of Wedlock Act, 1997, so as to consolidate the law on adoption under the Child Care Act, 1983.

Child and Youth Care Centres

Children under the age of 18 years old, who are living and working on the streets, are urged to seek accommodation at child and youth care centres that provide specialised programmes and are registered with the Provincial Department of Social Development.

Children, know your rights and responsibilities

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Children are among the most vulnerable members of society and need special protection. It's our shared responsibility as parents, families and government to ensure that all of our children are safe from harm and grow up in nurturing environments. 

Finding South African Youth Organisations

There are numerous organisations in South Africa working with Youth around a vast variety of topics. These organisations include non-profit organisations, faith-based organisations, government sponsored initiatives and community-based initiatives. To find out what organisations are active in your area, you can search the following online databases: National Youth Commission Database of South African Youth Organisations Umsobomvu Service Organisations Database

Fostering a child

Foster care Children are placed in foster care for different reasons, which include abuse, deliberate neglect and exploitation. Foster care is a form of alternative care for a child who, as a result of a court order, is in the care of a person who is not his or her parent or guardian. Purpose of foster care

What are Family Group Conferences?

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Family Group Conferences are one of the many restorative justice mechanisms used to reintegrate young offenders into society. This short article explains in more detail what family group conferences are and how they work.