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 - 4 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 - 4 years ago
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I am south african and would love to go back home and adopt as a single parent. #2
fred brennan - 1 year ago
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I promise Dr isiuwa that i will share this grate news only if it works out for me and i am here today with great joy in my heart to testify on how Dr isiuwa Helped me create a complete family. I have been married for 5 years without proof (A CHILD), have visited many medical doctor and herbal doctor here in manessa VA but no one could help me and my wife. We were at the stage of loosing all hope when i was referred to an African Herbal Doctor, The lady that directed me to him said Dr isiuwa cured her of Herpes infection and she assured me that he is a professional that he can solve all problem, i actually contacted him and explain how i have suffered for 5 years and he told me to be happy that my wife would be able to conceive a child after 25 days of his herbal treatment, i said AMEN and followed his process and he sent me a Herbal Medicine with instruction regarding consumption for 25 days and i did exactly as he said. Glory be to Almighty God for using Dr isuiwa to sha #3
lindsay - 2 years ago
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I am a South African citizen and my husband is British. We live in the UK and we have been assessed and approved to adopt internationally. Currently we are looking at adopting from the US as we were under the impression that it was diificult to adopt from SA. We are Hague convention and would like to know what would be required if we decided to adopt from SA. #4
Jamillah harris - 7 months ago
I would only want to adopt from the parts of the world where I had ancestry #5
Dana - 3 years 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. #6
Guest - 2 years 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. #7
Rorisang - 2 years ago
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i want to be adopted i am 16 years old boy from south africa #8
leigh-anne - 2 years ago
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Elizabeth please contact me on xxxx #9
Joanne - 2 years 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 #10
Sofie Cole - 4 years 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? #11
Linette - 3 years 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. #12

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