• married couples and (restricted number of) single applicants can apply
  • the applicant family can have biological or adopted children in the family
  • good physical and mental health
  • at least five years’ duration of the relationship (applying couples)
  • the age of the applicants correlates with the adoptive child’s age
  • social worker’s recommendation for an adoption of a special needs or an older child
  • adoption preparatory course

Families are sought for children

  • aged 0–2 years
  • mild special needs are possible, most commonly prematurity
  • children with more severe special needs and older children also need families

Estimated waiting time

  • a few months’ waiting to send the application
  • 1–2 years in South Africa

Adoption trip

  • usually the family leaves for South Africa in two weeks after the child proposal
  • the trip takes about four weeks

Our cooperation contact in South Africa

  • Abba Specialist Adoption & Social Services (Abba)

More information of South Africa: Marika Elmeranta, Senior Adoption Coordinator, marika.elmeranta(at) or 050-919 5380.