HOW TO PUT A CHILD UP FOR ADOPTION
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.