Adoption

Finding forever homes for our babies

Thank you for inquiring about adoption. We are grateful for every person or family that is willing and able to open their heart and home to babies who have been left abandoned or orphaned.
First of all we have to make it quite clear, we ourselves are not an adoption agency, but a ministry working in conjunction with a recognized social worker and adoption agency.

ABBA specialises in National Adoptions , Inter Country adoptions, unplanned pregnancies and Social Services. Abba forms part of the Apostolic Faith Mission’s Executive Welfare Council and has a mandate to facilitate both local and inter-country adoptions. In doing so, their focus is summed up by the following statement: “Building and supporting families within an Integrated Child Protection Framework”. Abba provides a comprehensive spectrum of services related to adoption in all provinces in South Africa.

This national footprint is enabled through a head office in Gauteng (which services all five regions of this province) and a satellite office in, Bellville in The Western Cape through which services are rendered in all parts of the Western Cape. ABBA also shares several provincial branch offices with Umephi, rendering adoption services, statutory services in respect of adoptable children and support and option counseling in cases of unplanned pregnancies. Through this partnership they are able to reach the following regions:

  • Polokwane
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Witbank
  • Middelburg
  • Upington
  • Kimberley
  • Welkom

Abba Adoptions

Name – ABBA specialist adoption and social services

Website – www.abbaadoptions.co.za or National adoption coalition information www.adoptions.org.za

24hr Crisis line: 082 783 3374

T: 012 342 6145

E:info@abbaadoptions.co.za

Through inter-country adoption services, they are able to further extend the reach of their activities. In doing so, they work with five accredited contract organizations in Europe and Scandinavia. Their main vision is to enable a 360-degree child protection service by strengthening, supporting and building families. This holistic perspective requires coordination of several child protection and specialized adoption related services that include:

  • Statutory services in respect of children in need of permanent alternative care (ages birth-6)
  • Finding adoptive families for children with special medical and emotional needs
  • Counseling services towards birth families dealing with an unplanned pregnancy
  • A specialized, national adoption program for unrelated and related adoptions
  • Facilitating related and unrelated adoptions by foreign permanent residents
  • A specialized inter-country program within the scope of existing working agreements approved by the South African Central Authority

A further element of their mandate is to render a professional social work service to the adoption community, social worker colleagues, and the three key parties involved in adoption. Recently, the focus has grown to include the following activities:

  • Raising awareness in respect of crisis and unplanned pregnancies
  • Option counselling, referral and support
  • Capacity building and empowerment of formal system
  • Training
  • Adoption recruitment
  • Lobbying and advocacy
  • Playing an active role in the National Adoption Coalition and provincial coalitions
  • Therapeutic support to parties affected by adoption

All that they do is underpinned by their values and ethics:

  • Child-centered focus
  • Norms and standards
  • Christian beliefs
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Loyalty

Door of Hope and ABBA have a strong belief that all children need permanent, stable family care. We also believe that adoptions should form part on an integrated approach to child protection and that for many children adoption can be the best form of alternative care. As part of our approach to adoption we emphasize the importance of minimizing losses for adoptive children, so our main focus is on finding suitable, permanent adoptive families for them in South Africa.