Real-life adoption stories

There are many reasons people choose to adopt. It could be because of infertility, a couple may be wanting to expand their family or you could just have always wanted to adopt. Many people also choose to adopt rather than have biological children because they feel that the planet is overpopulated and there are many children that need homes.

If you're thinking about adopting we've gathered a range of articles to help you with the decision. Find out how others have found the adoption experience in South Africa as well as some practical advice to help you on your journey to becoming a family. 

Real-life stories

Parent24 chats to Melinda
Melinda shares with us the joys, trials and tribulations she's had to endure when adopting her two beautiful kids.

Parent24 chats to Norah
Norah chats to us about her experience as an adoptive daughter.

What makes me a mom?
Can non-biological parents love their kids as much as biological parents?

'This is our adoption story'
These parents wanted a baby and now, thanks to being able to adopt, they have one. This is their story.

The bumpy road to fostering
A single mom tells of the struggle to make her relationship with her child official.

Growing a child in my heart
Deciding to adopt a child was the right decision for this mom, but getting there wasn’t easy.

Adoption Video Series 

Part 1 - A personal journey
Part 2 - Birth parents continued and adoption advice
Part 3 - Adoption in SA and the birth parents
Part 4 - The struggles of adoption

Practical advice

The process of adoption in South Africa

Terri Lailvaux, a counsellor and author, walks us through the procedure of adopting a child in South Africa.

Is it safe to arrange a private adoption?
Don’t be tempted to bypass adoption procedures, advises Terri Lailvaux.

Telling the adoption story
The truth about an adopted child’s birth is best told early, says this adoptive mom.


Want to be a parent? You should adopt!
Adoption is more responsible than “breeding”, according to Tauriq Moosa.

Have you considered adoption?
It's a huge decision to take a baby into your home

Would you adopt?
Is adoption natural or does it take a special kind of person?

What has your experience of adoption been?

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