Chris Rock's adoption controversy: what we can learn


Chris Rock is currently under investigation for not following the correct adoption procedures when he decided to become a South African girl's guardian several years ago.

It was revealed this week that the 7 year old was illegally adopted and that Chris Rock and his ex wife are reportedly facing child trafficking charges.   

'It sounded like a strange case and it has been flagged up to us. We are awaiting more details from Home Affairs who are looking into how this came about,' a Hawk's unit investigator told the Daily Mail

There are many similar cases like this where foster parents neglect to follow the legal steps and processes for adopting a child. 

Arranging private adoptions comes with many complications and consequences. The South African law according to the Children's Act states that "adoptions may only be arranged through a registered adoption social worker and that the birth parents both have cooling off periods during which they are entitled to change their minds and take the decision to keep their baby," says adoption counsellor Terri Lailvaux.

The first step to the adoption process is ensuring that the birth mother has legally given their child up for adoption and that she has followed the correct procedures involving prior counselling. Once the birth mother has the support of a social worker several other processes have to take place before the child is considered to be legally up for adoption.

More on why you shouldn't be tempted to bypass adoption procedures in an article written by Terri Lailvaux: 

Why you can't arrange a private adoption

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