We witness a miracle each time a child enters a life. But those who must make their journey home across time and miles, growing in the hearts of those waiting to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny. And placed among us by God's own hands.

Monday, February 25, 2013

South Africa Opens to International Adoption?

Now this is interesting:

The following article is reposted from the Johannsburg Child Welfare Website at


NEW YORK, NY, Nov 06, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Spence-Chapin Services for Families and Children announces the launch of their South Africa adoption program in partnership with Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW), an organization that has been at the forefront of providing direct services to children and families in South Africa since 1909.
Spence-Chapin is one of only two U.S. organizations authorized by The South African Ministry of Social Development's Central Authority (SACA) to process adoptions from South Africa with United States families under the Hague Adoption Convention. Spence-Chapin's South Africa adoption program will focus on finding homes for both boys and girls (including sibling groups) ranging from approximately 18 months old to school-aged. Spence-Chapin has made a commitment to recruit families for children who have historically been harder to place, including children who are HIV positive. Their South African partner is also particularly interested in the opportunity to place children into African-American families. Having been at the forefront of domestic African-American adoption since 1946, this is an excellent fit with Spence-Chapin's mission.
JCW provides direct services to children aged 0-18 and through their various programs, centers and initiatives, effectively reaches more than 40,000 beneficiaries on an annual basis. The organization is run according to the highest corporate governance parameters, and Spence-Chapin is proud to be partners with such a valuable child welfare organization who shares their passion and commitment to permanency for children. Due to factors like a high standard of care for children and well-established and ethical adoption procedures, this program will appeal to a wide variety of prospective adoptive parents. Spence-Chapin is currently accepting applications from families who are interested in adopting from South Africa.
Spence-Chapin's primary objective is to provide adoption and adoption-related services of the highest quality. Founded in 1908, Spence-Chapin has found loving homes for more than 20,000 children. Its adoption programs include South Korea, China, Moldova, Bulgaria, Colombia, Morocco, South Africa, and the U.S. The organization offers free services and counseling to pregnant women throughout New York City, Long Island, and Northern and Central New Jersey, and post-adoption counseling services to all adoptive families through its Adoption Resource Center - including those who have worked with other agencies or an attorney.
For more information, visit www.spence-chapin.org
And to learn about the regulations and statistics for International Adoption from South African to the US go to: 

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