South African Adoption
SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2013. We partner with Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW), a social service agency serving Johannesburg families since 1909. Spence-Chapin’s adoption program finds families for young children with special needs and sibling groups. Children receive excellent medical treatment at JCW.
CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES
Children with special needs ages 1-8 years old
Common medical conditions include HIV, Hepatitis B, auditory and visual impairments, extreme prematurity, developmental delays, and unpredictable cognitive challenges. Due to the HIV epidemic, there is a specific need in finding families for children who are HIV+.
- Children will reflect the full range of ethnicity that exists in South Africa
- Families are asked to be open to being matched with a child of either gender
Chris and Mary share their story of adopting their daughter from South Africa here.
- Single men and women, married & unmarried couples, heterosexual and LGBT parents
- Applicants aged 48 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
- Matched with a child 12-18 months after paperwork submission
- 1 trip of approximately 4 weeks
- Post-adoption reports required at 6 and 12 months and then annually for 5 additional years
- Hague Convention Country
For more information about adopting a child with HIV, view our HIV Myth Vs. Fact video for family stories and resources.
Compare all adoption programs: download Adoption Program Grid.
In April 2011, We were delighted to open our first Granny Program in Africa at JCW’s Othandweni Family Care Center in Soweto. Read more