The role of professionals in the adoption process
If you are thinking about adoption, either facing a crisis pregnancy or wanting to adopt a child, you should be aware that a wide range of resources are available to offer expert assistance and guidance around the different parts of the process.
According to Section 250(1) of the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005), only certain people are allowed to provide adoption services – they are:
Child Protection Organisations (CPO) designated in terms of Section 107 of the Children’s Act will be accredited to provide national adoption services, provided they meet the requirements for accreditation. CPOs may be accredited by the Central Authority to render intercountry adoption services, provided they render national adoption services and meet the requirements for accreditation.
Social workers in private practice who have registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions, in terms of the Social Services Professions Act (Act 110 of 1978), as specialising in adoption work will be accredited to render national adoption services, provided they meet the requirements for accreditation.
Government social workers are automatically designated to provide child protection services, including national and inter-country adoption services. However, they must have a minimum work experience of three (3) years as social workers, before they are allowed to render adoption services.
Should you wish to apply for adoption accreditation you need to contact your nearest Department of Social Development.