What to do when… you want to adopt a child

Heidi Korb, a social worker from Krugersdorp Child Welfare

After publishing an article about a baby that was dumped in a toilet in a local shopping mall, the News received nearly 20 offers from people willing to take the baby in or adopt her.

In light of the numbers of women who wanted to adopt baby Hope, the newborn dumped in a Key West bathroom, the News spoke to Heidi Korb, a social worker from Krugersdorp Child Welfare, to find out what the adoption process entails.

Read initial article here: Newborn baby found in Key West bathrooms

“Adoption is not just a process of taking a baby and placing it with someone, it’s a legal process by which the rights and responsibilities of a child are given up by one set of parents and taken up by another,” said Heidi. “It’s the creation of a family. Adoption provides a child with a home and family that he/ she can call his/ her own.”

Adoptions can be done in several different ways. Two of them are ‘non-disclosed adoptions’ and ‘disclosed adoptions’. The former is a process in which the adoptive parents apply to adopt a child, and undergo screening and preparation without having identified a child for adoption purposes. Birth parents will also give consent without being given identifying details of the prospective adoptive parents.

Disclosed adoptions terminate the legal relationship between the birth parents and the child, but often go hand-in-hand with access, parenting contact and a post-adoption agreements. Family adoptions, in which a child is legally adopted by the spouse of the biological parent or a family member, fall into the category of disclosed adoptions. Foster-care adoptions are also classified as disclosed adoptions, as the foster parent has preference should it become necessary or possible to adopt a child already in his/ her care.

If you want to adopt or give a child up for adoption, the first thing to do is to contact a child protection organisation or the Children’s Court. You would then be given the necessary information about an appropriate organisation to contact.

An office interview would then be scheduled with an accredited adoption social worker, and the potential adoptive parent will be given information such as how to apply for adoption, who may adopt, fees payable to the accredited child protection organisation and other necessary information. A screening process will be done through home visits, office visits and the completion of several forms that have to be filled in for court proceedings.

If you are interested in an adoption, you can contact Heidi Korb at Krugersdorp Child Welfare on 011 953 1908. You can also contact any other private social worker or child protection organisation that is registered and accredited to do adoptions.

Adoption as it appears in the dictionary.
Photo: File photo

The local Children’s Court is located at the Magistrates’ Court.

Street address: 36 Biccard St, Krugersdorp, 1739

Postal address: Children’s Court, City of Krugersdorp,

Private Bag X2009,

Krugersdorp, 1740

Phone numbers: 011 660 3711, 011 660 3713

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