South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions

October 17, 2011

From 9 News:

In the wake of Madonna’s adoptions in nearby Malawi, and a commercial surrogacy boom in India, South Africa is laying out stricter rules for foreigners looking to make families here.Last month a court in Pretoria set out guidelines for foreigners looking to hire a surrogate mother in South Africa. In 2010, a new child welfare law made it tougher for foreigners to adopt.

The overall message is that children born in South Africa are better off in their own country, and foreigners need to show a commitment to living here if they want to use South Africans to help them make a family…

Since a new child welfare law was passed last year, foreigners are required to live in South Africa for five years before they can adopt — even though South Africa has 1.9 million AIDS orphans.

Most of those children are absorbed into extended families or communities and are not housed in institutions. Only about 600 are considered “legally adoptable”, with just 200 children legally adopted last year, according to official figures.

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