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South Africa offers two types of adoption by non-citizens. The first is that a child can be adopted by a foreigner only after the potential adoptive parent has been a resident of South Africa for at least five years. This is considered a non-Hague adoption. However, the United States will only classify a non-Hague adoption finalized or official when the adoptive parents live in South Africa, with the child, for two additional years. The other type of adoption is considered a Hague adoption. South Africa will only finalize a Hague adoption if the citizen is from a country with a working agreement. As of today, the United States and South Africa do not have such an agreement. In 2011, three adoptions were finalized.

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Amanda - 2 years ago
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I would love to have information onhow my husband and I could adopt seeing as we are South Africans. All the information I find is relating to Americans adopting. All in all though the informations I have gathered just makes me all the more insistent that this is something I would love to do #1
Liz jacobs - 1 year ago
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I am south african and would love to go back home and adopt as a single parent. #2
Dana - 4 months ago
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I'm not sure about the accuracy but this website:http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=south_africa says that a Hague agreement between the US and South Africa went into place July 5th. This agreement states that adoptions are only able to be processed through two agencies: U.S. ASPs are Bethany Christian Services and Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children. #3
Rae vermaak - 8 months ago
My husband is afrikaans, but we live in the US. We want to adopt but don't know if he gets his greencard if it will make adopting an afrikaans baby more difficult. Does it count he was south african born and raised? #4
Sofie Cole - 11 months ago
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I am a South African/American living in the US. I would love to adopt from South Africa. Do the 5 year-living-in-SA apply to me too? I lived 27 years in SA, does'nt that count? #5
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