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Family & Parenting

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. 

Cape Town Child Welfare Society Website

The Help Kids site contains information on Child Welfare services and projects in the Cape Town area, including adoption and fostering.

Care Dependency Grant

If you are the parent, guardian, foster parent or custodian of any child between the ages of 1 year old and 18 years old who needs full-time care because of mental or physical disability, you can get a monthly payment from the government called a Care Dependency Grant. The child must need and have permanent home care.

Enforcing a Maintenance Order

If the court has ordered that a parent must pay child support, it is a criminal offence not to pay.

Fostering a child

Foster care is the placement of child, who needs to be removed from the parental home, into the custody of a suitable family or person willing to be foster parents. This is done by order of the Children's Court. Children can be removed from their parents if they are abused, neglected or abandoned.

Getting a maintenance order

As parents we have a legal duty to financially support our children. If you are the primary caregiver of a child, you have the right to apply to a maintenance court for an official demand that the other parent contribute monthly to the support of the child.

Giving up a Child for Adoption

Consent for an adoption of a child ends the relationship between the biological parents and the child and the biological parents have no parental responsibilities or rights to the child. If the biological parents of the child are alive, they must both consent to the adoption. Consent is not necessary if the parent or guardian:

Grant for Fostering a Child (Foster Child Grant)

A foster child is a child who is removed from their parents and legally placed in the care of foster parents, in terms of the Child Care Act. If you have been appointed a foster parent by a court, you can get a monthly payment from the government for your foster child. You (the foster parent) and the child must both be resident in South Africa at the time of making the application. However, you do not have to be South African citizens.