As the world celebrates World Adoption Day, the Western Cape Adoption Coalition clarifies some of the misinformation around issues of culture and affordability.
Cindy-Lee Van Andel, adoption social worker at the Western Cape Adoption Coalition says there are many people who think that adoption is a very expensive exercise and that is not true.
She says there are many organisations that offer adoption services for free.
In terms of culture, she says many people feel, especially in cross-culture adoption, that the child might be welcomed in the family.
Specifically with the culture of Xhosa's and Zulu's where they have clans, when they adopt a child they are not sure whether the ancestors will welcome the child into the family.— Cindy-Lee Van Andel, Adoption social worker at Western Cape Adoption Coalition
There is very much a sense of families wanting to raise their own children.— Cindy-Lee Van Andel, Adoption social worker at Western Cape Adoption Coalition
Van Andel says there is a huge demand on adoption, they receive adoption inquiries on a daily basis.
However, the adoption process is long and hard and people end up being on a waiting list for a very long time.
She says the adopting parents go through a rigorous screening process and have to meet all the criteria set out in the the Children's Act. A lot of people get intimidated and drop out.
What I have seen is that the love for the child outweighs cost implications and the desire to give this child stability is absolutely overwhelming.— Cindy-Lee Van Andel, Adoption social worker at Western Cape Adoption Coalition
To hear the rest of the conversation on adoption in South Africa, listen below: