Debate rages on about law change that will make it illegal to charge for adoption services


News24 | GroundUp | The CitizenKim Reynolds

A debate is raging over a proposed amendment to the Child Care Act that would outlaw charging fees for adoption services. The amendment is expected to be passed by the end of the year, as part of a number of changes to the Act.

News 24 – https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/debate-rages-on-about-law-change-that-will-make-it-illegal-to-charge-for-adoption-services-20190209

Ground Up – https://www.groundup.org.za/article/concern-over-major-change-pending-adoptions/

The Citizen – https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/2080573/new-law-will-kill-off-child-adoptions/

Proposed Amendments to the CHILDREN’S AMENDMENT BILL OF 2018


Proposed Amendments to the CHILDREN’S AMENDMENT BILL OF 2018 will devastate the rights of children to permanent alternative care through adoption

Opinion by Katinka Pieterse, Chairperson National Adoption Coalition of SA (NACSA)

The Department of Social Development (DSD) has drafted last minute changes to the proposed draft amendments that are aimed at excluding all private professionals from the adoption process in South Africa. The proposals include making it illegal for anyone working in the adoption sector to charge a fee for their services.

These specific amendments dealing with professional fees and adoptions were made by the DSD and hastily pushed through after the initial consultation processes with the NGO sector had already been completed in July and August 2018.  These changes were not part of the drafts that were consulted with the adoption sector and role players before, and in which NACSA participated in at both national and provincial levels.

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Department of social development argues for removal of adoption fees


The Citizen – African News Agency (ANA)

The department says there is no reason why adoption services should be isolated and receive special focus. The national department of social development on Thursday said fees should not be charged for adoption as it was not a business but a child protection measure.

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/government/2060974/department-of-social-development-argues-for-removal-of-adoption-fees/

The Department of Social Development had said that adoption agencies should no longer charge money for adoptions


SABC NewsMorning Live

The Department of Social Development had said that adoption agencies should no longer charge money for adoptions as it is not a business, but a protection measure. According to the department the state is already taking financial responsibility for all designated child protection services which must include adoption services. Live interview with Lumka Oliphant spokesperson for the Department of Social Development.

www.ornico.co.za/editorialstream/BroadcastMedia/2019_01_11_SABC2_Morning%20Live_Department%20of%20Social%20Development_08h36.avi