Adopting a child in South Africa isn’t an easy process, but did you know that there are a few steps families should take before adopting a kid? Let’s take a look at how to prepare yourself for the adoption process and what the prerequisites are for adoption.
Things to consider before adopting
#1 – Decide on your race preference
This sounds like a silly or odd idea, but it makes a lot of sense when you give it some thought. South African demographics make it fairly obvious that the majority of children up for adoption are black or coloured. Adopting a coloured or black child leads to an easier process that’s also quite efficient. It can take anywhere between 6 and 18 months for the process to be finalised. In some other countries, the adoption process can take anywhere between two and five years.
The reasons why it might be harder to adopt a white baby include:
- There are much less adoptable white babies in South Africa than there are of other races.
- You might find that the applications for adopting whit babies are closed off by agencies since they are inundated with adoption applications.
- Some agencies have age limits on the adoptive parents looking to adopt white babies.
- The application process to adopt a white baby can take as long as five or six years to be finalised.
#2 – Choose an agency to work with
Depending on which agency you use for the adoption process, the costs and processing time of your adoption process may vary. Government tend to be cheaper to use because the state funds them, but since they are generally understaffed and overloaded with applications, they may take much longer.
Should you choose to use a private agency, you can expect to pay more for the process. The increased tariff ensures that these agencies can afford more staff to work on more cases in the shortest time possible.
#3 – Take advice from your social worker
If you want to adopt a child that you do not know, it will be a straightforward process. These processes usually follow steps that include:
- An initial orientation session where you will get the details of the process and what you can expect.
- Completion of the application forms and return them to the agency for further processing.
- Completion of your personal profile and submission thereof to the agency for processing.
- Application for a police clearance certificate (which is necessary as part of the process)
- Adoptive parents will undergo psychometric testing and evaluation.
- You will have an in-depth interview with the social worker.
- After the interview with the social worker, you will have a short interview with a panel of social workers.
Although the steps might sound a little tough and like a lot to handle, your social worker will walk you through it all. He or she will tell you what to do and where to go during each step of the process, so it is essential that you ask for their guidance if you ever feel like you don’t know what to do.