Since 2008 there had been no real increase in adoptions to help the country’s estimated 2 million orphans.
National Adoption Coalition spokesperson Pam Wilson said yesterday that South Africa faced an adoption crisis, Beeld reported today.
She was speaking at the Princess Alice Home in Westcliff, Johannesburg, at the start of a national advertising campaign on the eve of Child Protection Week (May 27 to June 2).
The campaign was intended to renew awareness of adoption and encourage people to become parents to one of the growing number of orphans in the country.
She said only about 2 000 children were adopted annually.
“There is a great need for adoptive parents and it is just getting bigger and bigger. We have to take drastic steps to encourage people to help our nation’s children and take care of them,” said Wilson.
According to a report from the University of Cape Town’s actuarial research unit, the country would have 5 million orphans by 2015. The report cited two of the main reasons for this as teenage pregnancy and parental deaths from HIV/Aids.