Apply for national adoption

What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact



About applying for national adoption

If you are looking to adopt a child in South Africa, you must approach an adoption agency which will screen you and help you look for a child who is available for adoption.

You can only apply for national adoption if you are a South African citizen residing in South Africa and you want to adopt a South African child.

What you should do

  1. Go to any adoption agency in any province of your choice to apply.
  2. The adoption agency will conduct a screening/ home study to check if you are fit and proper to adopt a child.
  3. If the agency is satisfied with the results, they will put you on a Register of Adoptable Children and Adoptive Parents while they help you search for a child who is available for adoption.
  4. 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.
  5. If you agree, they will send your report to the Children’s Court to finalise the adoption and issue an adoption order.
  6. The Court report will be sent to the Department of Social Development so they can check if correct procedure was followed and to record both your and the child’s details.

How long does it take

It differs from one case to another.

How much does it cost

You must pay to an accredited child protection organisation in respect of an inter-country adoption.


 Group orientation 

 R2 250 per session


 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

Forms to complete

All forms are available at your nearest Department of Social Development office.

Who to contact

Toll Free Line: 0800 60 10 11


National office

Tel012 312 7635
Fax012 323 3733
Physical addressNational Department of Social Development, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street,
Postal addressPrivate Bag X901, 0001