Adopting a child from South Africa
Who can adopt?
|Who can adopt?||Who can’t adopt?|
|De facto couples|
|Same sex couples|
Please note: while we have a program with South Africa, there have been no matches of children with Australian adoptive parents.
Children you can adopt from South Africa
Children in need of intercountry adoption are aged up to 6 years and have complex medical and health conditions, such as:
- born to HIV+ mothers
- developmental delays
Specific eligibility criteria to adopt from South Africa
If you’re interested in adopting a child from South Africa you need to meet the eligibility criteria of your state or territory central authority. You will also need to meet the following South African criteria:
- you can be married or single
- you can be a same sex or de facto couple
- you must to be aged over 18
- preference is given if you or your partner are aged less than 45 years old
- if you’re older you can apply but waiting times may be longer
- at least one of you must be an Australian citizen
Waiting times are unavailable, as there have been no matches between children and Australian adoptive parents.
Cost of adopting a child from South Africa
The estimated cost is R35,000, depending on where your child is located.
On top of state and territory central authority fees, there are other expenses such as:
- translation fees
- travel and accommodation costs
Hague Convention information
South Africa will attempt to place a child with a family in South Africa before deciding if a child can be placed through intercountry adoption.
The central authority in South Africa is the South African Central Authority.
We also work with Cape Town Child Welfare.