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 IN NEED OF FAMILIES
- Boys and girls with medical special needs ages 1- 12 years old
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
- 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.
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