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Questions and Advice regarding ADOPTION

Post by Hannah's Hope on Sat 30 Jan 2010 - 11:14

Hi Everyone,

After burning my fingers a bit with a previous post where I did research and posted on a query with regards to overseas adoptions that seemed to be eronous, I would just like to point out the following:

*I have NO experience with international adoptions whatsoever and will not comment/advice regarding this at all in future to protect myself and you wink

*I am no expert on local (South African) adoptions BUT I have researched and studied and interviewed and researched again for many years on the topic. My husband and I have also very recently adopted our beautiful son, so our experience with the system is still 'fresh'.

So, although I don't have any formal 'qualifications' to show you I can assure you that my information on SA adoptions are as accurate and up to date as it possibly can be. Still you have to check and re-check ANY information/advice given to you on ANY forum or website. It will be irresponsible to take another forum member's words as the true gospel and not investigate it properly.

I am still available to answer any questions you may have with regards to local adoptions, especially the adoption of a white newborn in South Africa. For the rest I have access to many adoption resources to answer your questions should I not be able to help from my own experience, but as I've said, no international adoption questions please.

I am passionate about adoption and that's why I frequent and comment on this forum. My husband and I were totally lost when we started the process as there really isn't a lot of information 'out there' for prospective adoptive parents (except if you pay R410 to have an initial consultation with a private social worker!) and I only want to help people like us.

So, I'm trying to save you R410, but I'm in no way saying that I'm an adoption specialist (although I feel like I have a Phd in adoption after the past 7 years)! Smile

Good luck to everyone on their journey, may God be with you.

Warm regards
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Post by Kerryw on Mon 1 Feb 2010 - 9:22

HI Hannah

Don't worry about getting the international stuff wrong if there is little on domestic adoptions there is less on international ones. We appreciate anyone's coments right or wrong.

I would love to adopt my DH is still comming to terms with the idea. But also our bouys aren't even 1 yet so I have 3 years to wait perhaps we should start now if it took you seven to get there Oh my

So I am starting to try and learn what I can about the process and the options adn Costs which I first learn't about from you.

I think between you and anotherone we will have all the info good and bad at our finger tips.
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Post by Hannah's Hope on Mon 1 Feb 2010 - 9:31

Thanks Ker! I would suggest you start ASAP - even just to get the initial screening done. Just make sure your SW/Adoption agency know that you're not Christian, would hate for you to spend money only to find out you don't qualify! Oh my
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Post by Kerryw on Mon 1 Feb 2010 - 10:03

Thanks any advice as to who to go to?
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Post by Hannah's Hope on Mon 1 Feb 2010 - 10:31

Mmmmm, you not being a Christian is a challenge, I'll be honest. It doesn't help for you to waste your time with organisations that insist on their applicants being Christians. Give me some time, I'll get back to you asap. x
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Post by tracyg on Mon 1 Feb 2010 - 13:59

Why is Kerry not being a christian a problem with the agencies?

Hannah, why do you say "start the process sooner rather than later"? DH and i are looking at either a white/coloured child, just because the race difference is not so much as white/black is. (i think)

Dont worry about not giving the wrong info - i found both of them insightful! :Yes
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Post by anotherone on Mon 1 Feb 2010 - 18:14

Kerry, I may be mistaken on this, but I'm sure Procare will work with non-Christian couples. I know they work with Muslim couples, so I don't think religious beliefs are an issue with them.

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Post by Kerryw on Tue 2 Feb 2010 - 4:51

Thanks - yup I think I must talk to someone. As I see from B-Bat they may not even consider me as I can get pregnant with IVF I am just not sure how healthy that would be. And what is wrong with adopting.

A friend adopted a coloured boy and he is gorgeous so I may go that route maybe then it is not so hard not being CHristian.
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Post by Hannah's Hope on Wed 3 Feb 2010 - 12:49

The short answer is because most of the agencies are Christian based e.g. The Catholic Women's League, Abba Adoptions, CWL and a lot of private SW's - I know for a fact that the 6 SW's in Gauteng we approached over the years a) basically insisted that their adoptive couples are married b) want the couples to either be Jewish or Christian. Sad but true.

Tracy, I recommend that you start the process because the wait CAN be long unfortunately. Yes, there are couples out there that got a baby within 3 months but there are also couples out there who are still waiting after 5 to 7 years......
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