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Process of adoption

Process of adoption

South Africa demographic highlight how the vast majority of adoptable children are African. If you’re preferred race is black or coloured, then the process can be simple, reasonably efficient and fast.  The process can between 6 and 18 months from start to finish. If you want to adopt a white baby, there are considerable hurdles: 

  • The number of white babies up for adoption is minimal.
  • Some agencies close off applications for white babies as they have too many.
  • Other agencies put an age limit on the adoptive parents. 
  • The application can take up 5 or 6 years to process, or it may never happen.

The adoption process

In a straightforward adoption, where the child is unknown to the adoptive parents, the process is as follows:

  1. Orientation session where all the details are explained.
  2. Complete the application forms and return them to the agency.
  3. Complete a personal profile and return it to the agency.
  4. Apply for a police clearance certificate.
  5. Undergo psychometric testing.
  6. An interview with a social worker.
  7. An interview with a panel of social workers.
  8. A home visit by a social worker.
  9. Final approval.

Wait for baby to arrive

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