SA would rather foster orphans - study

2012-07-09 20:50

Johannesburg - South African families would rather provide orphans with foster care than adopt them, a study has found.

The SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) study found that adoptions were not a frequent choice among families.

"A lot of orphans are looked after by their extended families or family friends in a private, informal arrangement known as kinship foster care," the SAIRR said in a statement.

"This type of arrangement is widely practised in South Africa, even though it is not ordered or regulated by any statute or legal body."

It said Statistics SA estimated that 1.4 million children lived in such households.

The study found the number of orphans increased by 29% between 2005 and 2009, from just over four million children to 5.2 million.

In the same period adoptions decreased by 52% and foster care grants increased by 72%.
The statistics were based on data from the education department.

"Formal foster care comes with a financial incentive. The foster care grant is currently R770 a month. Many people opt to foster a child rather than adopt one."

Adoption required the family to be able to provide for the child’s needs, both financially and otherwise.
"No financial assistance is provided by the government. In addition, the adoption process is a lengthy and demanding one, which often acts as a deterrent to prospective parents."

SAIRR researcher Lerato Moloi said this was not good news for the increasing number of orphans in the country.

"The Actuarial Society of SA estimates that by 2015, there will be more than 5.5 million orphans. Some 32% of these will be maternal, 56% paternal, and 12% double orphans."

  • michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-07-09 21:13

    Okay, okay we will adopt Malema, but if he get out of hand again he is going back!

  • Siyabonga Mkhwanazi - 2012-07-09 21:15


  • Henk - 2012-07-09 21:16

    More reasons to have children to get a grant....

  • Hanno Winterbach - 2012-07-09 22:18

    This is a serious problem in RSA, and it will become more evident in a few years when these children are older. They need guidance and care. From a christian perspective adoption is similar to what God did for his children. Come join our conference and make a difference. - march 2013.

      suzanne.vandermerwe.90 - 2012-07-10 08:58

      Where? I would love to make a difference.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-09 22:32

    Its only the rich and famous the get speedy adoptions

      candice.ridgway - 2012-07-10 08:04

      disagree 100% our adoption was a speedy one

  • lucky.mathibela - 2012-07-10 06:43

    its sad how those who really need that foster care grant dont get it but those who dont need it get it.know a family that was denied this.When the pensioner grandmother who was left with 3 children to fend for,after the death of her daughter.was turned away by the Roodepoorte homeafairs and told \goverment has no more money\.weldone guys.

  • candice.ridgway - 2012-07-10 08:01

    no, adoption is not a lengthy one. I received my son in 5 months. These kids need people to adopt them, lets not give up :(

      candice.ridgway - 2012-07-10 09:13

      i would adopt 10 if I had the money :) hehehe well see how it goes when our little man is 3 years old..he needs to be spoilt a bit for now :)

      Sue-anne Hermans - 2015-04-28 19:45

      can you please assist myself and my husband in the adoption process

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-10 10:59

    Of course it is only for the money. Just look at how the social grant system is being abused, the money used by mothers to buy wigs etc. Now they can get another freebie. I wonder how many freebies I can fit into my house.....eish.

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