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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