Adopt from South Africa

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2013. We partner with Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW), a social service organization serving Johannesburg families since 1909. Spence-Chapin’s adoption program finds families for young children with special needs and sibling groups. 


  • Toddlers and pre-school age children 0-6 years old with medical special needs

Common medical conditions include HIV, 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
  • Siblings under the age of 6 – email our team to learn more
  • 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
  • Applicants’ mental health and medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Matched with a child 12-18 months after dossier 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
  • Professional Service Fees: $7,000 for families living outside of the New York City metropolitan area and $10,000 for families who are local to Spence-Chapin’s New York City offices. Country and immigration fees are additional.
  • All families adopting through Spence-Chapin have access to the Adoption Finance Coach, who offers adoptive families the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption.

For more information about adopting a child with HIV, view our HIV Myth Vs. Fact video for family stories and resources.


Humanitarian Aid

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

Where is South Africa? 

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about South Africa here.