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Five Reasons to Adopt from South Africa

There is a Need for International Adoption

South Africa is often referred to as the "Rainbow Nation" to describe the country's multicultural diversity, especially in the wake of apartheid. It is a country of overwhelming beauty, awe inspiring scenery and rich history. However, it is also a nation with its share of struggles, including a host of social and economic challenges and a long history of poverty and inequality.

We’ve known for many years that there are children in South Africa who need adoptive families, but it was not until 2012 that governmental permissions opened adoptions to American families. Since then, Spence-Chapin has been one of just two U.S. agencies approved by the South African Central Authority – and we have been actively finding families ever since!

All Types of Parents Can Adopt from South Africa
 
Spence-Chapin has a proud history of building families with partnered same-sex couples and LGBTQ singles.  We are fully committed to equality in adoption and are proud of the many children we have placed in loving, stable, same-sex households.  

We are happy to share that South Africa encourages adoption applications from LGBTQ parents, single men and women, and married and unmarried couples living throughout the United States. The South African government is committed to a practice of non-discrimination. We’ve seen this first-hand in our adoption program as married couples, LGBTQ parents, as well as single parents have adopted! It truly is about finding the right family for a child.
 
Children are Waiting for Families

Spence-Chapin finds families for the most vulnerable children – the children who are ready for adoption and need an international adoptive family. In South Africa, these are kids from 1 year to 10 years old with an identified medical diagnosis. It’s this medical diagnosis that’s been a barrier for South African domestic adoptive families and other international adoptive families. At this time, the two most common medical needs seen in children at our partner Johannesburg Child Welfare (JCW)’s care are: HIV and unknown or unpredictable developmental delays.  Other common medical conditions include auditory and visual impairments, extreme prematurity and unpredictable cognitive challenges.
 
South Africa is a Leader among African Countries

South Africa is signatory to the Hague so adoptive families have the benefits of the Hague Treaty, which is designed to ensure that international adoption is a transparent, ethical process with an established infrastructure to protect and support children and families.

Moreover, South Africa is a leader in children’s issues among African countries. In 2005, Act 38 The Children’s Act became law through the country’s Department of Social Development. In recognition of how critical physical and emotional contact are during a child's early stages of development, South Africa continues to make efforts to move from institutionalized care to a system that more closely resembles foster care. The Children’s Act created a strategic plan to direct the development of alternative care, foster care, adoption, prevention, and protection of children and to put community social workers in place.

Johannesburg Child Welfare
 
We are fortunate to partner with
Johannesburg Child Welfare (JCW) which is a highly respected, 100+ year old NGO that provides services to over 4,000 children and families in Jo’burg annually.

Adoption (domestic and international) is only a small part of their work. Their centers house and provide for children of all ages, from infancy through the teenage years. They also recruit and train foster families, plan and prepare for children to be reunited with their birth families and provide intensive treatment to survivors of sexual abuse. Children receive excellent medical treatment at JCW, through partnership with Thusanani Children’s Foundation.

JCW was one of only two South African agencies approved for adoption to the United States. It is a privilege to see the broad range of their work and to hear about the realities that inform our effort to find homes for children where no domestic adoptions exist.

If you are interested in more information about adoption from South Africa, please visit us online, email us at info@spence-chapin.org, or call us at 212-400-8150.
   
Spence-Chapin is available for support and guidance for the lifetime of your family. We offer counseling, parent coaching, and post-adoption support.

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