DRUM - - Advice -

My 18-year-old daugh­ter is preg­nant and as a fam­ily we have reached the tough de­ci­sion to put the child up for adop­tion.

What process must we fol­low to make sure the child is le­gally pro­tected? ANONY­MOUS, KATLEHONG

An 18-year-old fe­male is re­garded as an adult in South Africa and can make her own de­ci­sions, with­out the con­sent of her par­ents.

The only peo­ple who can de­cide on the adop­tion of the child is your daugh­ter and the child’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther.

If your daugh­ter does not want the child, pref­er­ence will be given to the fa­ther to keep the child.

If he too does not want the child, your daugh­ter can contact an adop­tion agency to as­sist with the adop­tion.

You can contact the fol­low­ing agen­cies: Impilo Child Protection & Adop­tion Ser­vices on 011-6401343 or Joburg Child Wel­fare on 011-298-8500. Or you can contact the South African As­so­ci­a­tion for So­cial Work­ers in Pri­vate Prac­tice on 066-472-3638 to speak to a pri­vate so­cial worker.

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