After becoming party to the Hague Convention, South Africa approved its first adoption service providers in July of 2012. South Africa is keeping its international adoption program small, in order to maintain better oversight. Most children have medical or emotional needs, or are part of a sibling group.
For more up-to-date information on adoption from South Africa, visit the South Africa Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the International Adoption Support group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.
South Africa Adoption Fast Facts
- 2016 Adoptions: 25 children
- Hague Country: Yes
- Estimated Total Cost: $30,000 to $40,000
- Profile of Children: Many children have special needs, are HIV+, or are part of sibling groups. 33% of children are 1 to 4 years old. 70% are boys (2015).
- Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be at least 18.
- Family Status: Married couples (including same-sex couples) and single men and women may adopt.
- Travel: Families must make at least one trip to South Africa, and should plan on staying for two to six weeks.
- Timeline: Parents will likely wait 18 months for a referral.