South Africa Adoption

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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
Carolyn - 3 months ago
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wana give up for adoption. .its 7 months now #2
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. #3
Joanne - 1 month ago
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Hi, my husband and I would really like to adopt a Caucasian baby girl..we have adopted before..does anybody want to give there newborn baby girl up for adoption. We have an excellent social worker who has helped us before, so she could organize everything..and we could obviously pay for all hospital bills..thanks Jo #4
Thomas - 1 week ago
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I am south African and am married to a Philippine and her brother passed leaving 3 young girls we want to adopt them and bring them to SA to live with us what do we need to do and what is the best way #5
Guest - 2 months ago
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unwanted babies should be passed on to those who would care for them. I'm interested in adopting a baby, am RSA citizen living in New Zealand. Can fly over and do adoption process in South Africa. #6
Linette - 4 months ago
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How do I adopt a South African baby when I live in the Middle east. My husband and I are both South African and we have been living in Bahrain for a year. Any help??? Why do they make it so hard for families to adopt? There are way too many unfathered and unmothered babies out there. #7
Rorisang - 2 months ago
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i want to be adopted i am 16 years old boy from south africa #8
Dana - 9 months ago
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I'm not sure about the accuracy but this website: 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. #9
Sofie Cole - 1 year 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? #10
Rae vermaak - 1 year ago
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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? #11
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