If you are a foreigner living in South Africa and want to adopt a South African child, you must contact an accredited social worker or an adoption organisation. The organisation need not be accredited for inter-country adoptions.
You must have been in South Africa for a period of five years and must submit proof of residence and your work permit. You application for the adoption will be regarded as national adoption.
Inter-country adoption is the placement of a child in the permanent care of a person residing in a foreign country who is not their biological parent or guardian. It offers a permanent family to a child for whom a suitable family cannot be found in their country of origin.
- Contact your nearest appropriate adoption organisation.
- The adoption organisation will conduct a screening/home study to check if you are fit and proper to adopt a child.
- If the organisation is satisfied with the results, they will put you on the Register of Adoptable Children and Adoptive Parents while they help you search for a child who is available for adoption.
- If a child is available, they will call you to the offices to meet the child and ask you if you are interested in adopting the child.
- If you agree, they will send your report to the Children’s Court to finalise the adoption and issue an adoption order.
- The court report will be sent to the Department of Social Development for them to check if the correct procedure was followed and to record both your and the child’s details.
It differs from one case to another.
You must pay an accredited child protection organisation in respect of an inter-country adoption.
|Group orientation||R2 250 per session|
|Interview/counselling||R250 per hour|
|Home visits||R250 per hour|
|Home study report||R500 per report|
|Court processes||R500 per day|
|Birth registration||R170 per hour|
|Administration costs||R170 per hour|
|After care services||R500 once-off payment|
|Origin enquiry/tracing||R200 per hour|
Toll Free Line: 0800 60 10 11