All the best. Please let me know if you need a social worker to help or find one in your locality on All the best! I have finally managed to track down some social workers in the North West Province. Hi Laaiqa, the short answer is yes, you do need to still follow the adoption process, with some small exceptions. We plan to adopt a 19 year old from Central Africa. can you advice on the legal implications and especially the age limit? Let me know if I can assist you further. been married for two years and would like to adopt a child. Wow Eunice, what a wonderful heart and vision you have Good news and bad news in response to your question. I hope it goes well . Thereafter the adoption is considered complete and the adoptive parents are considered the child’s natural parents. All the best, Robyn. Hello Shihaam, thanks for getting in touch. I and my husband want to adopt a white baby. Hi Sophy, I am so sorry to hear about your fertility struggles but you should still be eligible to adopt (neither your age nor your single status should be a factor). How wonderful that you are willing to give your sister in law this opportunity. Films like Juno unfortunately feed the perception that you as an adoptive mum can simply advertise for a baby (or that you as a biological mom can ask for prospective parents). Hi Deborah, intercountry adoptions are very strict in their criteria. Every first Tuesday they have a Parent Connection Group Evening with adoptive parents and for people interested in adoption so that may be something wonderful to do to find out more information. If you let me know your geographic area, I can put you in touch with some agencies. I am so sorry to hear about your fertility issues. Alternatively, visit and you can find details for someone in your area. Either way, I don’t think that there is a treaty between the two countries so I don’t believe that you will be able to do so. Myself and husband have already adopted but would like to adopt another baby, we were in the process of adopting a 2nd baby when he was offered a job abroad, we decided not to go ahead with adoption as we needed to pack up and leave. Please can you assist. All the best. Please let me know if you need assistance with getting in touch with a social worker. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Can you please guide us in the right direction on who to contact in Durban. As a PS, there is a very strong support system for South African children adopted into the Netherlands. All the best with this wonderful journey…please keep us posted. My niece wants to give her baby to me as she and her husband cannot afford to look after the baby financially. Alternatively, please use the search function on to find an adoption social worker in your area to screen you and assist you with the process. But if you are willing to wait and to persevere, you may be successful. Hi Robyn. Hi Hazel, single parents are able to adopt and your age should not be a factor. Consent must be given in writing. We ready to bring up our baby with Lots love,respect,independent God fear child. The country in which you live has to have a treaty with South Africa and you have to adopt in the country where you reside. You can however approach some agencies and see what they require in terms of age, then they can screen you and let you know if they have any concerns. In terms of your requirement, the law states that a birth mother can have 60 days to change her mind about adoption and if the child is abandoned, social workers must take 90 days to locate the birth parents. I hope that you have pursued this and if not, that you will go ahead at some point…adoption is a great gift. Hello,am 30 and am pregnant.would like to give my baby up for adoption to a loving couple,who will love the baby as if it’s their own. We stay in the Brits area, and spent our weekends driving to Benoni to visit him. Adoption forums for adoptive parents, adoptees, and birth parents. What is the process to adopt a South African baby while working and living abroad, we really would love to adopt another child but heard that it’s not easy to do that while abroad . It is only if they cannot find a same race match that they look for families of other races to adopt. Thank you so much for taking the time and care to put this page together. Hi Kendall, yes it is possible. Anyway Robyn we are willing to adopt trough social development as well but do not know what to do. Please let me know if you would like their contact details. All the best with your journey! Hi Kelly, lovely that you want to adopt. You would then await the baby’s birth and depending on how you feel, you can either take the baby at birth and risk that the mom changes her mind during the 60 days she has to withdraw consent or, you could place baby with a kanga mom for those 60 days. Your work is selfless and I pray that God continues to strengthen you in your resolve to help unite desperate potential parents with the children that he destined them to have and be blessed with! Hope that helps. different ways to have a baby. It may work in other countries but recently a pregnant woman in South Africa risked arrest by advertising on Gumtree for parents for her baby, at a price. Hi Kelebogile, I am so sorry that you haven’t been able to conceive but delighted that you want to adopt. Is there any non profit adoption agency that you can refer us to or recommend?. Are you thinking about adopting a child in South Africa but aren’t sure where to begin? I think it may be wise to do as she suggests and set a cut off point that you feel comfortable with when you will re-evaluate (either to find another social worker or change your parameters). If you let me know where you are based geographically and if you do have any parameters in terms of your adoption, I can certainly try to help you find someone suitable to assist with the process. Can you afford the costs (if any) associated with adopting through this agency? But given that you are a black family, you should be able to adopt a very small baby. You can use www/ to find an appropriate resource in your area or let me know where you are based and I can direct you to the right resource. I would stay at home with the baby (becoming a stay-at-home-mom). I wish you all the best, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially that precious little boy. Thank you very much. thank you. Your choice will depend on cost and any specific requirements you may have. I unfortunately don’t have any contacts in Rustenburg but if you visit and search on North West Province, you will find some option including ABBA and Child Welfare. My name is Nadia Swart. South Africa also welcomes same-sex couples. Do you want to adopt a Syrian child as a South African or are you Syrian and looking to adopt a South African child? I have also heard high praise for private social workers, one being Wilna Malherbe. Your age requirements are also realistic (generally children are placed between 6 months and 1 year but in certain cases, babies as young as two or three months are also placed). All the best with the process X. Im homosexual my partner n i are looking forward to adopting and starting a family. I have a wonderful social worker based in Roodepoort. Child Welfare in Durban is an excellent resource for adoptions in the province. If you are happy to go ahead, the social worker will organise for you to meet your child. My only suggestion is that you keep waiting, your little one will be well worth the wait when she or he arrives. My husband did not want to adopt at first, but when he met this little guy he just fell in love and wanted to care for him. Her mistake was requesting compensation and trying to bypass the systems that the Government has put place to prevent shocking acts like trafficking. please assist me with the process of adoption,i have been following website searching for kids i can adopt, i want a black baby 1 to 3 years old. I’m 29 and always wanted my first child to be an adopted child and if I am to be blessed with marriage and perhaps more children that would be a bonus. Thank you for an enlightening article. I have two kids boy 27 married, a girl 14yrs still at school. Please contact them and see if you can work with them. , I need a child.please talk to me through the email adress. This amount will be deducted from the adoption fee. We are very serious about adopting and haven’t taken this decision lightly. My name is Meryl. I am looking to adopt a 3-5yr little white girl as I have always longed to have one. A gift from our lord Jesus. Hopefully, it should be relatively straight forward but I will leave it to an expert to talk you through next steps. During this time, and depending on which organisation is assisting her, the birth mother will be advised of her options in terms of selecting the adoptive parents and determining the contents of the adoption plan and agreement, for example the extent to which she would like to receive progress reports on the child’s early years of development, in line with the type of adoption chosen and prevailing legislation. my ex fiance and I were trying to conceive for a whole year, unfortunately we parted way while we were trying for a baby, Lord knows how I cried every time I went on my periods… I am a newly single 23 year old who still yearns for a baby, Kids are so special to me as I’m also part of Reach for a dream NGO, I just moved to JHB from Durban and desperately need assistance regarding adopting a baby, I have had counselling with my pastor and as young as I am, I’m ready. In terms of where to begin, you need to approach an adoption social worker to screen you for adoption (as with other adoptions) and when she asks for your preferences re adoption, let her know that you are keen on siblings and willing to adopt an older child. The cost will depend on who you use for the adoption. If the biological mom doesn’t want to choose a family or if the child is abandoned, the profile is used by social workers to match families to eligible children. We are situated in Rustenburg North West. Hi Roseline, delighted that you want to adopt. Hi Glynis, thanks for your message and my apologies for the delay in responding. Hi pls send me information of a social worker in my area. I am Hiv positive taking medication daily. Hi Robyn All the best! Please contact a social worker in your area and they will assist you with next steps. Anyone involved in the child’s life (your girlfriend and room-mate) would require a police clearance. All the best with your journey. All the best and please keep us updated X, I am looking for advise Iknow a mom how is pregnent now and want to give her child for me to adopt what is the root or legal way to do this help please do not know. However, if you were willing to change your requirements about race, you would very likely be successful. We have been married for 12 years and we still have so much love to give. Please help us. I’m from West Africa hopeful i can get respond soon Am working as a security and I want to adopt. We are a Christian South African family, living in New Zealand. I suggest that you investigate that option or consider relocating back to SA for long enough for your husband to obtain permanent residency. The people in these groups are more than willing to provide guidance and advice. Whether it’s due to fertility issues or simply a moral decision, adopting a child in need can radically change people’s lives and make a dream come true for many. In terms of the last question, foster care is always an option but social workers are reluctant to place children for a “try out” (it is potentially destructive to the child and also to you and your existing children). Thanks for your message. Hi Magdeline, so excited that you want to adopt. My husband and I have been married for two years now and we are ready to start a family. I have asked some PE families who they recommend and the name that has been mentioned most frequently is Linda van Zyl (please let me know if you would like her contact details). name is mirriam.I live in orange farm.I’m a 40 years old single woman living with my family,currently unemployed but hoping to find a job soon.I want to adopt a baby.i was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 2 years ago.can you estimate how much will I need & I want to know if it’s possible for me to adopt a baby? Hi Kamohelo, according to the law, you need to be 18 or over to adopt so I am not certain if your girlfriend would be able to adopt right now. We briefly considered surrogacy. Hi Letty, in terms of the Hague Convention, you would need to work with the South African agency tasked with intercountry adoptions in South Africa. All the best, Unfortunately I can’t have anymore kids because I had to remove my womb due to health reasons. Jamieleigh, Hi Jamieleigh, my sincere apologies for the delay in responding, somehow I missed this comment when you posted it. Hi There Again Robyn. Sorry for the long delay in responding Noah. Thanks for your comment Sebastian and yes, it can be difficult. I ask because without it, it is far more challenging to adopt. Due to health reasons I will not be able to carry my own pregnancy. There is actually not a big difference in the process between step-parent adoption and regular adoption. Hi Sandra, I am so sorry to hear about your painful journey. All the best X. I am thinking about adopting a child. Hi Robyn. According to the Children’s Act, age, number of children and financial status are not in any way considerations, the only factors that they consider are related to your ability to provide a secure and loving family for an adopted child. Thank you for the time and effort you put in to getting detailed information to people who wish to adopt. All the best. Your article is very helpful, thank you! Hi Robyn, I am a 36 year old white woman with kidney failure and was advised by my doctor that my kidneys will not survive a pregnancy and I would not be able to carry a baby to term. I hope that it goes wonderfully well! Hi I am Salvador I am 28 my wife is 26 my wife can not have kids we are married we are Christian’s we looking forva baby boy or girl 1 years or young and we like to adopt . I hope that you have some success and wish you all the best with this wonderful process. I want to encourage you continue your great job, have a nice All the best. Once your child is placed, you will need to go through the administrative processes of obtaining an adoption order, registration of adoption and the name change and new unabridged birth certificate from Home Affairs. I sincerely hope that adoption finally gives you the baby you are longing for. Typically though, screening should take about 4 months, matching can happen very quickly (a few weeks) but could take up to 8 years (for a white or Indian same race adoption). Your first step is to approach an agency in the UK that works with intercountry adoptions from South Africa and they do the screening and the home visits. If however this is a same race adoption then unfortunately, there is not much you can do to speed up the process because there are so few children in the system. Your earning is not an issue, the Children’s Act specifies that income is not an issue provided you can support a child. Hi Tam, I am so sorry for your loss. I stand under correction but I don’t think that there would be an age cut off for adoption (provided your god-daughter consents). Hi Sheree, if your medical assessment finds you stable there is no reason why you should not be able to adopt. If so, remember that there are many others to choose from–it may be best to look for one that is more compatible. Residing in tembisa Gauteng can you help us adopt a child of any gender under a year old? My husband and I have been married gor 8 years now and struggling to convince on pur own. Immigration is not an option while you are adopting but once all of the documentation is complete, your child becomes your child “as if born to you” so you can begin that process (please just be aware that the adoption process is lengthy so it might just take a few years). I am not in a rush for marriage so as a single working mother to be, will this matter to adopt before I consider getting married? We long to have another child, another child to love and share our home with. Anisha. Alternatively, you could consider using a Johannesburg based social worker and travelling (also a possibility and there are some excellent options if you choose this approach). Waiting list. Please let me know if you need any help finding the right social worker. But, if you are still keen to adopt thereafter, I will do absolutely everything I can to assist you. I really hope that you are able to adopt, it is a precious precious gift. I hope that you have found someone but if not, the closest social worker I have been able to find is in PE. Hi Salvador, wonderful news that you want to adopt. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! My sister is based in South Africa. Please consult or let me know where you are based and I will let you know if I can recommend someone suitable. My daughter is 23yrs old, still living with myself and my fiance. How can we be assisted. Please let me know if you need any assistance with the process or with finding an adoption social worker who can assist you. An impressive share! Just liked this post on FB. Hi Lizette, please use the lookup function on to find an adoption social worker. Hi I am an indian lady want to adopt a white boy . There are a number of excellent ones in the Western cape including Procare, ABBA adoptions and number of private adoptions social workers who come highly recommended. Alternatively, if you are willing to come back to South Africa for a period of time, you may be able to adopt from here but your husband would need to have permanent residency before you can begin the process. I stay in Bloemfontein I really want to adopt a child. A family profile detailing each member of the family (without including identifying features such as where you live). All the best! It is a long and potentially expensive process but there are many children in need if you are willing to pursue it further. I am in cape town. Hi Ntswaki. Thanks! Single Applicant. As long as we have a baby boy. All the best. Hi Danielle, I am truly sorry for your losses, how traumatic. All of the best, Robyn. Please let me know if that is an option and in the mean time, I will keep looking and let you know if find anyone. As more and more Christians embrace the call to adopt, the need for decidedly Biblical resources and counsel simply explodes! Please let me know if I can assist further and all of the very best with the process. The private social workers tend to charge based on time but some are very reasonable. But do remember that everyone is different and you may not gel with a particular social worker even though your sister / friend or colleague did. Hi Nthabiseng, happy to help, please let me know what information you need and I will mail it to you with pleasure. The costs will depend on what type of social worker you choose. But yes, you can certainly adopt the child if she does consent. 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