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South Africa is a country which is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption 1993 and all adoptions from South Africa are regulated through the South African Central Authority. IAC is the only adoption agency in the UK able to offer a service to prospective adopters seeking to adopt from South Africa, including prospective adopters seeking to adopt unrelated children and those who have already identified a child in South Africa.
The programme allows IAC and our partner agency in South Africa, Child Welfare Durban and District (CWDD), to work closely together to match waiting families in the UK with children waiting for placements in South Africa and to support the families through the time of introductions and the Court process in South Africa.
The children requiring homes in South Africa have a range of needs. It is important to note that:
CWDD will prioritise prospective adoptive parents who are able to take children with the following backgrounds:
Waiting times average between 18 months and two years. Children are matched by CWDD with the prospective adopters who are considered to be the best match for that specific child's needs, rather than in order of waiting time.
Please see the Information Pack for details of further eligibility criteria.
Prospective adopters who wish to use the South Africa Special programme must be:
Prospective Adopters living outside of the Local Authorities who contract IAC to undertake their assessments may need to request an assessment via their Local Authority before joining the South Africa Special Programme but please speak to IAC before you make an enquiry about becoming an approved adopter
There is a charge for this service and further details concerning the service and the costs can be found in the Information Pack.
For further information about the special programme please contact the IAC Advice Line.