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World Adoption Day: Safeguarding the best interests of children throughout the adoption process

World Adoption Day: Safeguarding the best interests of children throughout the adoption process

According to www.worldadoptionday.org, the purpose of World Adoption Day, which is observed annually on 9 November, is to “lift up all voices in the adoption community, to share your story, to reflect on your adoption journey and to connect with those touched by adoption”.

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Sharing of an adoptive parents experience of key themes central to adoptions

Sharing of an adoptive parents experience of key themes central to adoptions

Growing up adopted can be tough since many adoptees struggle with feelings of loss and abandonment. Over the next few days we will be sharing on 7 core themes reported to be potentially central to adoption.

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Door of Hope to celebrate 21st birthday

The truth behind SA’s shocking child abandonment statistics

Lockdown has seen a spate of unthinkable child abandonments – a toddler discarded in a dustbin; a six-week-old baby found at midnight in a hole next to a highway; a toddler left with a stranger in the queue outside a shop...

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Adoption and race

Adoption and race

I am white. My daughter is black. This inescapable fact is my reality, and more importantly, her reality. And while race dissolves behind the front door, between her and I, and she is just my child...

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Children’s rights, a silent casualty of Covid-19

Children’s rights, a silent casualty of Covid-19

If, as the government professes, the rights of children are absolute, why are child protection advocates forced to litigate to uphold those rights?

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Door of Hope to celebrate 21st birthday

Door of Hope to celebrate 21st birthday with A Special Birthday YouTube Video

Door of Hope to celebrates their 21st birthday.

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NPOs are needed now more than ever, so show them the money

NPOs are needed now more than ever, so show them the money

Non-profits prided themselves on their self-sufficience, but with income gone, something's got to give...

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Court judgement - 19 February 2020

Court judgement - 19 February 2020

There is a growing crisis in the country concerning an ever increasing number of children who are being cared for in alternative care settings, thus growing up without permanency and support of a family unit.

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News 2019

Landmark moment as the UN calls for the end of orphanages

Today, for the first time ever, all 193 member states of the United Nations have formally recognised that orphanages don’t protect children, they harm them, and have called for the progressive elimination of institutional care globally.

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Debate rages on about law change that will make it illegal to charge for adoption services

A debate is raging over a proposed amendment to the Child Care Act that would outlaw charging fees for adoption services. The amendment is expected to be passed by the end of the year, as part of a number of changes to the Act.

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LISTEN: Social development wants adoption service fees scrapped

Mabe and National Adoption Coalition’s Sue Krawitz were on POWER Week with Tehillah Niselow to talk about the proposed amendments to the Children’s Act on Sunday. The Act was gazetted in October 2018, giving the public 30 days to comment.

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Adoption amendments threaten vulnerable children

Families are the bedrock of any society and are the most important social unit in providing a nurturing and supportive environment for children to thrive and grow. In a country with an estimated 3.7 million orphaned and vulnerable children, legislation should facilitate the seamless adoptions.

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Proposed Amendments to the CHILDREN’S AMENDMENT BILL OF 2018

Proposed Amendments to the CHILDREN’S AMENDMENT BILL OF 2018 will devastate the rights of children to permanent alternative care through adoption.

Opinion by Katinka Pieterse, Chairperson National Adoption Coalition of SA (NACSA)

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Why adoption is a problem in South Africa

As an independent child protection researcher and rights activist, I have been asked repeatedly why the government is considering drastic changes to the Child Protection Act that will potentially have a dire impact on adoptions in South Africa.

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LISTEN: Department of Social Development to change legislation around adoption.

Cape Talk – Weekend Breakfast with Africa Melane

Guest: Robyn Wolfson Vorster Child protection advocate and writer.

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Last-minute changes to adoptions bill are disturbing

The Department of Social Development (DSD) has drafted last-minute changes to the proposed draft amendments that are aimed at excluding all private professionals from the adoption process in South Africa.

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Department of social development argues for removal of adoption fees

The department says there is no reason why adoption services should be isolated and receive special focus. The national department of social development on Thursday said fees should not be charged for adoption as it was not a business but a child protection measure.

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The Department of Social Development had said that adoption agencies should no longer charge money for adoptions

The Department of Social Development had said that adoption agencies should no longer charge money for adoptions as it is not a business, but a protection measure. According to the department the state is already taking financial responsibility for all designated child protection services which must include adoption services. Live interview with Lumka Oliphant spokesperson for the Department of Social Development.

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LISTEN: Mediated Conversation - “Understanding Adoption Laws in South Africa”

Guests: Robyn Wolfson, a Child Protection Advocate

Karabo Ozah: an Attorney and Deputy Director at the Centre for Child Law

Conny Nxumalo – DDG Welfare Service at the Department of Social Development

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LISTEN: New Adoption law amendments

702 Podcast – The Best of Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph.

Guest: Pauline Maaga, Acting DDG of Social Welfare.

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Experts cry foul when it comes to the new Adoption law amendments

702 Podcast – The Best of Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph.

Guest: Sue Krawitz Vice-Chairpperson at National Adoption Coalition

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Access to adoptions will decline if Children’s Act amendments are passed

As 2018 drew to a close, the war of attrition over South African adoption took an ugly turn. In an unambiguous act of aggression, the government added a last-minute amendment to the Children’s Act making any payment for national or intercountry adoptions illegal.

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LISTEN: New Adoption law amendments

702 Podcast – The Best of Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph.

Guest: Pauline Maaga, Acting DDG of Social Welfare.

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News 2018

Do babies actually matter in SA?

Do babies matter in South Africa?” This is the big question being asked by child protection organisations and advocates as there are increasing incidents of child abandonment, child abuse, child neglect, and child murder.

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Why is adoption still taboo in the black community?

While adoption rates among the black community grow marginally, we still lag behind other racial groups when it comes to adopting children. Why? Adoption advocate Dee Blackie, who has conducted extensive research into the subject over the years, believes it’s got a lot to do with ancestral considerations.

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A Mum Is A Mum, Whether Via Adoption, Foster Care Or Surrogacy

As we celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, we honour all forms motherhood comes in, because as Oprah Winfrey once said, “biology is the least of what makes someone a mother”. And there are countless women who never give birth, but who’ve made amazing mothers and/or mother figures.

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News 2016

Sounding the death knell for adoption?

he 2016 World Adoption Day celebrations are proving muted, overshadowed by the election soap opera in America, and here at home by the crushing disclosure that there were only 1,165 adoptions last year. In a country with 3-million orphans and tens of thousands of crisis pregnancies annually,

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Update on the drafting of a policy on child care and protection

An initiative to draft a child care and protection policy to underpin the Children’s Act and Amendments...

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NACSA Newsletter May 2016

The National Adoption Coalition, is slowly becoming a formidable voice in the Child Protection arena in South Africa. Our membership continues to grow as does our support and influence on both social and government agendas.

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