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Counselling services

Lifeline – SA National Counselling Line

Offers a 24-hour crisis telephone counselling service 365 days of the year.

Tel: 0861 322 322

FAMSA (Families South Africa)

FAMSA aims to empower people to build, reconstruct and maintain sound relationships in the family, the marriage and in communities. They offer specialised counselling services to individuals, couples, families and groups. This includes marriage preparation and enrichment, marital and divorce counselling, family therapy, trauma and grief counselling. Branches:

Johannesburg -  011 788-4784/4737
Pretoria - 012 460 0733
East Rand - 011 892 4272
West Rand - 011766 3283
Vaal Triangle - 016 933 8128
Cape Town - 021 447 7951/0170
Durban - 031 202 8987
East London - 043 743 8577
Port Elizabeth - 041 585 9393
Bloemfontein - 051 525 2395

JHB Parent & Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC)

The JPCCC’s mission statement is to develop individuals, families and communities emotionally, socially and psychologically. The organisation deals with a wide spectrum of psycho-social and emotional issues, including depression and anxiety.

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Tel: 011 484 1734

Adoption Support Groups

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Adoptree.co.za A forum to try and get more ideas and stories about transracial adoption in South Africa from adopted parents, adopted children/adults or birth mothers and -fathers who gave up their children. The organisation believes that ‘sharing knowledge that lies within us can only help each other’. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Adoption discussion and support group

A support group run by a Clinical Psychologist and a Social Worker where the several adoption issues are discussed:

  • Cross cultural adoption
  • Dealing with loss and feelings of rejection
  • Telling your child about their adoption
  • Extended family
  • Dealing with the attitudes of the public
  • Sibling relationships
  • Peer relationships
  • Discipline
  • Relationships with biological parents
  • Answering difficult questions

Jean Luyt

084 685 4839
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Rainbow Support Group (CT) Meets on the last Thursday of every month at 19h00 in the hall next to the Lady Buxton Clinic in Claremont. Originally for people involved in Cross cultural adoption, but now for anyone involved in adoption. Meetings are usually an informal chat about any issue that someone wants to raise. Every three months there is an earlier meeting (18h00 which the children can come to as well)

Ann Bruce

021 638 3127

Rainbow Support Group (JHB) A trans-racial adoptiong support group (based in Jo'burg) that have been meeting for several years. Some meeting are get togethers to chat and share experiences, sometimes there are guest speakers. All childrend are invited as it is good for the kids to see that there are many families who are just like them.

Mary

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Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) The group offers support to individuals and couples considering adoption (transracial families, single parents, gay parents or any other family), as well as those who have already adopted their precious children.  Meetings are held on the first Sunday of every month in order for adoptive families to socialise, share experiences and to offer hope and encouragement to newcomers.   The PASG facebook page was created to provide additional information and a source for contact with all members.  Please search for us on facebook or alternatively contact us on e-mail

Michelle Aspeling

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072 698-9991
012 3511636

The Cross-racial family group Group meetings are either in Summerset West at Cotlands or in Stellenbosch. Meets once a quater with invited speakers.

Riana Coetsee

083 284 7319
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The Stuart Little support group Meetings are once a quater in Sun Valley, usually on a Saturday afternoon where everyone with adopted kids get together to play.

Tiggy and Paul Goodwin

021 785 3575
082 728 7944

Single Mom's adoption support group Meet every 2nd month and 2 weekends away per year.

Janine Roberts

021 713 1036
082 787 5952
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Legal services for birth fathers

Fathers 4 Justice South Africa

  • Specialising in fathers’ rights
  • http://www.fathers-4-justice.co.za
  • Tel: 011 882-6061

Centre for Child Law

  • University of Pretoria
  • Tel: 012 420-4502

Legal Aid Bureau

  • Tel: 011 834-8561

Family Advocates Office

  • Tel: 011 333-3724

Wits Law Clinic

  • Tel: 011 717 8510

University of Johannesburg Law Clinic

  • Tel: 011 489-2633

 
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