Family matters: Frustrated adoptive parents struggle with Home Affairs

Many families are frustrated and suffering emotionally in their efforts to get documents like ID books and birth certificates for their adopted children from the Department of Home Affairs..

Recently a campaign has been launched to put pressure on Home Affairs to do something about their grievances.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson spoke to director of Arise Cape Town, Steven Nicholson about what #FixAdoptionSA campaign hopes to achieve.

Listen to the full conversation below:

We had 100 stories of people after the adoption has been finalised struggle to get their adoption registered, their child's name changed and a new birth certificate.

Steven Nicholson, Director Arise Cape Town

We felt very frustrated that we were up against this immovable monster that adoptive parents see in front of them ...

Steven Nicholson, Director Arise Cape Town

Since the campaign began, Nicholson says frustrated adoptive parents have been sharing their stories on Facebook and Twitter on #Fixadoption SA.

So far 50 000 people have been on their Facebook Page, says Nicholson.

Nicholson says that they have contacted the Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba who has been very helpful on Twitter, but has not yet responded to them.

They want the Minister to assist streamlining the documentation processes when registering an adopted child.


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