What are the costs involved?

The Children’s Act provides a basic cost structure for accredited organisations. Some organisations are subsidised by the National Department of Social Development, and will charge a nominal fee; others are not subsidised and will charge a bit more. The department is responsible for monitoring accredited service providers to ensure that they charge reasonable fees.

The process of Adoption in South Africa is often a long one. If an adoption order is granted it is usually many months, and even years, after couples have applied to adopt. It may seem unfair when all a couple want to do is care for and love a child – it is however necessary to ensure that all children placed for adoption are never placed in dangerous, harmful or abusive homes.

If you are South African and wanting to adopt a baby we would suggest that you visit the central national adoption centre at