Solidarity in spat over adoption call

2013-05-11 12:05

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Johannesburg - Solidarity's Helping Hand did not advertise an adoption on a social networking site, the trade union said on Saturday.

Helping Hand's chief executive Danie Brink said the organisation was never involved in placing children.

"The organisation is not involved in placing children. It is not an area of our expertise," said Brink.

He was responding to claims that a Helping Hand care giver issued an urgent message on social media, requesting a place to stay for a "white girl" before she was placed in a "black children's home".

A message posted by a person linked to Helping Hand's read: "Hi everyone. My heart is so sore today. We are desperately looking for a place to stay for a little girl at a home or place of safety. She is a 6-years-old and pretty. We will call her Z for safety reasons. If we don't find another place for her to stay, she will be placed in a black children's home".

Brink said the person who placed the message was not an employee of Helping Hand, but a volunteer.

"This person is a volunteer who did not act in line with our policies," he said. According to Brink, the mother of the girl sent messages to her friends, telling them of her situation. The volunteer received the message and forwarded it on the social networks.

Brink said the child had since been put in a place of safety. A report in the Saturday Star stated that Child Welfare SA had launched an investigation into the incident.

"I am not aware of this but if it is the case, they will not have anything to directly implicate us, as we were not involved in the matter," said Brink.

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