Mom in adoption battle for baby

2012-07-02 09:01
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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal woman has been left traumatised after she changed her mind about giving up her baby for adoption - only to have a social worker refuse to give her son back to her.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Aritha Govender contacted social workers after the birth of her child, saying she wanted to give him up for adoption.

It was Govender’s third child and both she and her husband were unemployed.

“I love my baby, but I wanted what was best for him. I wanted him to be placed in a loving, Christian home. That was the only way I would have peace. It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” she said.

But she changed her mind after two days, saying she no longer wanted to give him away.

The social worker, however, would not give back her baby, despite the law saying that a mother had 60 days to change her mind about adoption and even though she had signed no papers.

The mother refused to leave GJ Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh until her baby was given back to her.

A hospital spokesperson said the social worker was concerned that the couple couldn’t look after the child and that a third party may have forced them to change their minds.  

The baby was being fostered by family friends while his future was being discussed.

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