16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST WOMEN & CHILD ABUSE WITHIN 365 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GBV&F- 25 NOV TO 10 DEC

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST WOMEN & CHILD ABUSE WITHIN 365 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GBV&F- 25 NOV TO 10 DEC

ACT AFRICA’S STANCE IS 365 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST ABUSE OF CHILDREN, WOMEN & MEN

What is your take?  What does the 16 days of activism mean to you?

These are very pertinent questions as for many they have given up…yes given up on winning this war against Gender-Based Violence & Femocide especially as we see statistics worldwide worsening. In South Africa the latest quarterly crime statistics up to September 2022 released by our Minister of SAPS Bheki Cele is horrifying to say the least – https://www.citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/crime/crime-stats-wrap-women-and-children-november-2022/     https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/crime-stats-violent-crimes-rise-alarmingly/ar-AA14uinq  https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/11/24/sa-has-a-new-kidnapping-capital/

So, we know, this crisis situation affects economies negatively because our society is dysfunctional which means us as human beings are dysfunctional too and thus cannot perform optimally in jobs, our businesses and our children at school.

There are a multitude of organisations fighting GBV&F, Human Trafficking and basically crime in general yet we still see the situation worsening. What are we not doing or What are we missing? Is it Governments responsibility entirely to eradicate these evils? Will the most perfect laws implemented change people’s negative mindsets and behaviour which fuel these atrocities? The worsening crime statistics could also mean though that people are breaking the silence by reporting and opening up cases against perpetrators which is good on the other hand and thus the rot is coming to the fore. However, this has to start decreasing not because of lack of reporting but because GBV&F, Human Trafficking and all other forms of crime have truly decreased and has to happen as a matter of extreme urgency.

What are the solutions? Should we as individuals not be doing introspection on our contribution towards this worsening situation and take responsibility and be accountable for our contribution as supposed to blame shifting and pointing the finger elsewhere for solutions? Scary thought right but it is fact…

In the meanwhile, whilst we are all doing introspection, finding solutions and trying to implement them we need to protect ourselves against perpetrators of violence, be it GBV& F, Human Trafficking or any other kind of violence and to do so without us ending up on the wrong side of the law as best as we can.

So, there are a few options like equipping yourself with self-defense skills, obtaining gas guns, pepper spray etc. We will not encourage obtaining a licensed gun which shoots real bullets as we support the Guns Down drive.  You can however purchase a security emergency panic device which will provide you with armed security should you need it and we encourage you to invest in yourself and your family’s protection by obtaining a security panic device. ACT Africa in partnership with the Automobile Association promotes the highly rated and recommended Rem-i Amica Device and Emergency Security App – see links below

https://www.actafrica.org.za/act-africa-in-partnership-with-the-automobile-association-of-south-africa/                                                      https://www.actafrica.org.za/news/                                                                                                                                                             https://my.aa.co.za/promo/act                                                                                                                                                                                  https://aa.co.za/emergency-services-act/

Please do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe in these very dangerous times we are living in and do whatever you can to prevent and stop GBV&F, Human Trafficking, Kidnapping and all forms of violence from escalating, keeping us hostage and stopping all of us especially our children from leading normal, functional positive and prosperous lives.

“EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING”

Should you wish to donate to help us fight and break the cycles of these vicious atrocities of Human Trafficking and Gender based Violence especially during these perilous times and far into the future, You will be assisting and enabling us to fulfill our mission to Save Lives Through Awareness and Education.

#Donate today How To Take Advantage of Tax-Deductible Donations to Charities

Your donation will be used for the sustainability of our projects and the organisation.

Our banking details are:

Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank:  First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ

Email Proof of Donation to accounts@actafrica.org.za

OR

Click on the link below

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/awarenessforchildtraffickingafricaactafric

 

 

 

 

REACH OUT AND READ IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AWARENESS FOR CHILD TRAFFICKING AFRICA (ACT AFRICA)

REACH OUT AND READ IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AWARENESS FOR CHILD TRAFFICKING AFRICA (ACT AFRICA)

Reading as a Tool to Combat Social Ills

Reach out and Read offers reading programs for kids in schools categorized as lower quantile schools in Western Cape, South Africa.

In our program, we focus on kids in the foundation phase, grades 1-3, and age group 7–9 years old.

According to our initial evaluation, 45-55% of kids in classrooms have a reading disability, which means 180 kids need our help per school.

There is a high rate of children struggling to read due to GBV&F, Human Trafficking and Gangsterism – the trauma that children suffer as a result of abuse including sexual molestation, physical assaults, violence, gangsterism, substance abuse and the use of children as human shields.

By providing kids with a safe place where guidance and recognition are given, we assist in preventing and breaking the cycles of GBV&F,Human Trafficking and Gangsterism.

As per http://How Reading Books Improves Social Skills – Education Connection (education-connection.org)– see below extract…

Reading books (particularly fiction) increases empathy

The ability to step inside another’s mind, to feel what they feel and understand their thoughts, seems an insurmountable concept. Adults have a hard time explaining how it works, so imagine how much harder it is for children. In fact, children are not born with the ability to feel empathy. They learn this skill through social interaction with family, their peers, and society in general. Luckily, books can help with that. Research shows that reading fiction puts us in the mind of another person, allows us to experience every challenge, feel every emotion, and triumph over adversities right alongside our favorite characters. This direct immersion in another person’s mind stimulates systems in the brain,and develops the ability to empathize with other human beings.

Reading books enhances social problem-solving

In addition to learning empathy, books provide an endless supply of social interaction examples from which to learn. Scenes full of character dialogue show children effective – and ineffective – ways to handle conflict in a variety of situations. It allows children to experience a range of moods and emotions they aren’t likely to experience in everyday life. Experiencing these emotions in a “safe” environment allows the child to think about how they might react in a similar situation, preparing them for future interactions. This makes their emotional development more well-rounded and mature.

11 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Reading

  1. It makes you smarter
  2. It makes you more creative
  3. It makes you happier
  4. It makes you more empathetic
  5. It takes away your stress
  6. Protects your memory
  7. Can help prevent Alzheimer’s
  8. It can make you live longer
  9. Improves school performance
  10. Improves your math skills
  11. Reading to children improves their vocabulary

https://www.infobooks.org/blog/benefits-of-reading/#11

 

#read #endgenderbasedviolence #endhumantrafficking #endgangsterism #education #saveourchildren

Co-Author: Dirk Greef-Cronje – Director at Reach Out and Read                                                                                                                                                  Co-Author: Hilary Leong – Chairperson at Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

 

 

THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACT AFRICA

THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACT AFRICA

LAUNCHING

PREVENTATIVE SECURITY SOLUTIONS AGAINST

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE & FEMOCIDE,

HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ABDUCTIONS, KIDNAPPING

AND ALL OTHER TYPES OF VIOLENCE

ACT Africa’s focus is Prevention of and Breaking the Cycles of GBV&F and Human Trafficking but that does not exclude all other forms of violence. All of these types of violence are increasing at an alarming rate globally and we need to protect ourselves as best as we can and do what we can to prevent becoming victims of these heinous vicious acts of violence.

How Do We Prevent and Protect 

So, there are numerous forms of protection like self-defense, pepper sprays, fire-arms (if used responsibly and for the right reason) etc. BUT will not bring you the emergency help should any of the known forms of protection fail you.

Recognising this fact, ACT Africa sought after a security system which would assist with being preventative especially in abusive situations and emergency help is needed.

We discovered the Automobile Association’s (AA) emergency personal security panic button – Rem-i – which provides immediate armed security response to any location in South Africa. The handheld device (which doesn’t require a cellphone to operate) alerts more than 220 armed security providers of your location at the push of a button. The nearest security provider to your location is then immediately dispatched to provide assistance. Another feature of the Rem-i is that it has live tracking functionality so its location can be determined at any time, whether a panic has been activated or not. This is ideal for parents, for instance, who want to know the exact location of their children who are on a trip. Its geo-fencing capability also means a boundary can be set for the device and if that boundary is breached, a message is sent to one of the registered users. The fall over detection ability in the device also sends a panic signal if the wearer falls, or if the device is dropped. The Rem-i is a powerful device aimed at providing maximum peace-of-mind to the user and to those listed as emergency contacts such as parents.

Let’s face it in a life-or-death crisis especially involving violence of any type, there is no time to search for an emergency app on your phone to obtain help and often the last thing on your mind. Immediate help is needed whether you are able to press a panic button or not and your location detected.

So where do you get the Rem-i Amica Device and Emergency Security App from?

Go to ACT Africa’s News section for more information and to purchase the Rem- i Amica Emergency Panic Device for a once off R1999.00 and your monthly Emergency Security App subscription for R35.00

Click on the link below 

https://www.actafrica.org.za/news/

OR

CLICK ON THE DIRECT LINKS BELOW TO MAKE YOUR PURCHASE AND BE SECURE

https://my.aa.co.za/promo/act

https://aa.co.za/emergency-services-act/

#prevention #security #endgenderbasedviolence #endhumantrafficking #endkidnapping #stopcrime

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2022 Released by US State Department PLEASE DO NOT ABANDON YOUR BABY OR CHILD… How to Help Refugee Children Globally COMMUNITIES PLAGUED BY GUN VIOLENCE!! ALERT NOTICE- SAFETY IN SHOPPING MALLS Gender Based Violence Prevention Is Better Than Cure https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/south-africans-warned-of-new-hijacking-trend-at-fast-food-outlets-7d839a9f-f479-47c3-9135-2f34dffe5352

 

“EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING”

Should you wish to donate to help us fight and break the cycles of these vicious atrocities of Human Trafficking and Gender based Violence especially during these perilous times and far into the future, You will be assisting and enabling us to fulfill our mission to Save Lives Through Awareness and Education.

#Donate today How To Take Advantage of Tax-Deductible Donations to Charities

Your donation will be used for the sustainability of our projects and the organisation.

Our banking details are:

Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank:  First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ

Email Proof of Donation to accounts@actafrica.org.za

OR

Click on the link below

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/awarenessforchildtraffickingafricaactafric

 

 

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2022 Released by US State Department

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2022 Released by US State Department

Annual Report which reveals what the Human Trafficking situation is Worldwide

https://www.state.gov/reports/2022-trafficking-in-persons-report/

Refer to our blog posted in 2021 which explains the different levels of Tier Levels  which countries have been categorized into- click on the link below

https://www.actafrica.org.za/trafficking-in-personstip-report-2021-released-by-us-state-department/

What You Can Do to Prevent Human Trafficking and Improve the Situation in Your Country- click on the links below

https://www.actafrica.org.za/human-trafficking

https://www.actafrica.org.za/it-is-your-business-how-to-protect-your-children-online/

#worlddayagainsttraffickinginpersons💢
#endhumantrafficking❌
#endchildtrafficking❌
#endgenderbasedviolence❌

“EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING *

Should you wish to donate to help us fight and  break the cycles of  these vicious atrocities of Human Trafficking and Gender based Violence  especially during these perilous times and far into the future, You will be assisting and enabling us to fulfill  our mission to Save Lives Through Awareness and Education.

#Donate today How To Take Advantage of Tax-Deductible Donations to Charities

Your donation will be used for the sustainability of our projects and the organisation.

Our banking details are:

Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank:  First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ

Email Proof of Donation to accounts@actafrica.org.za

OR

Click on the link below

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/awarenessforchildtraffickingafricaactafric

 

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING!

HUMAN TRAFFICKING!

What is Human Trafficking

 The Act (What is done)

Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons

The Means (How it is done)

Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim

The Purpose (Why it is done)

For the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.

To ascertain whether a particular circumstance constitutes trafficking in persons, consider the definition of trafficking in the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the constituent elements of the offense, as defined by relevant domestic legislation.

How Do Human Traffickers Lure Victims

Common methods used to traffick humans include forms of deception like:

  • Seduction and romance,
  • False job advertisements,
  • Lies about educational or travel opportunities,
  • Abduction,
  • Sale by family, and.
  • Recruitment through former slaves.

Traffickers employ a variety of control tactics, the most common include physical and emotional abuse and threats, isolation from friends and family, and economic abuse. They make promises aimed at addressing the needs of their target in order to impose control.

How to Spot a Trafficker

Traffickers will tell you that parents, teachers and others adults don’t understand or appreciate you.

They will make you feel wanted and secure. They prey on young people’s hopes or dreams to improve

their lives.

*If you’re with friends, traffickers know how to get you to leave your friends.

*Women and children your age can be recruiters for traffickers. It’s not just suspicious older men.

*You cannot tell a trafficker by his/her looks, age, socioeconomic level, daytime job or clothes.

*If an older guy tells you that you are mature for your age, he probably wants something you’re not old

enough for. Traffickers will trick you into believing they are your “boyfriend” and shower you with gifts.

*The people you care about the most will be the first to help you when you get in trouble so the trafficker

will try to get you to turn against them.

*If you appear desperate or needy, a trafficker will figure out what you need and offer it to you.

Where you might find a trafficker:

Online (Facebook, Instagram…), the mall, your school, movie theaters, water/amusement parks, church, any place there

are lots of young people

How to Protect Yourself from Human Trafficking

  • 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Human Trafficking. Everyday there are chilling reports of abducted women and children in South Africa. This form of modern day slavery involves people abducting, luring or pressuring victims for the purpose of using them for forced labour or forced sexual acts for money. Young women are the most likely to be trafficked and forced to become sex slaves, prostitutes, workers or even street beggars. The following points will help you to be safe, and please share with family members and friends.

 

  • Be Vigilant of Your Surroundings

Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. People are often distracted by their phones or other little things when walking. Make sure that you’re aware of what’s going on around you so that you can spot when something is off. If you notice a person or a car following you, alert someone you trust immediately.

  • Avoid Walking Alone

Women have been forcibly kidnapped while walking on the street. You shouldn’t have to be restricted when you go out and it may seem unfair that you always have to be on the lookout, but for your own safety, try not to walk alone – especially in quiet areas.

  • Act Swiftly If Suspicious

Go into the nearest building and wait for the person or car to leave. Alert someone in the building that you’re being followed or call someone to pick you up if you can. Also, let someone you know that you’re going out and what time they can expect you to arrive at your destination.

  • Don’t Trust Easily

Some people who are trafficked are approached by strangers offering them a job or some kind of opportunity (like a modelling or singing career). Traffickers can approach you anywhere, on social media, at school, in the mall and even outside your house. Some traffickers might try to befriend you or form a relationship with you so that you trust them enough. Women can also be traffickers and are often used to lure victims because they seem more trusting than men.

  • Use Social Media Wisely

Be suspicious of strangers who approach you after you’ve posted something personal on your social media profile and their suddenly offering you help, advice, money, a place to stay or a job opportunity. If you’re getting random messages from people on social media, check your privacy settings, turn off your location settings on social media and only make your posts visible to your friends (not to the public). Also avoid checking in to places on social media (while you’re at the place especially).

  • Be Ready For Anything

Carry pepper spray with you on your key-chain. You also need to mentally prepare yourself to fight off the abductor. If you begin to be attacked, make a scene, yell for help, and fight back like your life depends on it (because it probably does)

  • Use Your Phone

Allow 3 of your closest friends or family members to track your phone via GPS so they know your whereabouts at all times.  You can do with on most cell phones and allow a select few to have access to your location for 1 hour, 1 day, or indefinitely.

  • Trust Your Instincts

Listen to the intuitive voice inside your head. Check with family and friends for advice if you get offers that are too good to be true. Do Internet searches or background checks on the person wanting you to meet with them. Say no and see how they react. Look for signs of abusive or possessive behaviors. Is the person trying to isolate or turn you against family and friends? If so, avoid that person.

  • Meet Strangers In Public Places

Don’t let anyone know where you live until you get to know them. So for a date, meet them at a public place for the first few times until you get to know them and feel comfortable. Also stay in contact with friends and family if you’re out and about alone or with someone you don’t know very well.

  • Seek Help From Reliable Organizations

Traffickers also prey on young people who run away from home. If you’re having trouble at home, instead of running away and putting yourself at risk of being kidnapped or lured into dangerous, life-threatening situations by traffickers, rather seek help. You can seek counselling by calling Childline on 0800 055 555 or the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 0800 12 13 14

How to Stop Human Trafficking

  •  Fundraise for Human Trafficking Organisations so they can remain in existence to continue fighting human trafficking
  • Volunteer your time, services and resources to Human Trafficking Organisations
  • Hold events to raise awareness.Raising awareness for human trafficking can also get more people involved and interested in joining the fight. It can create a chain reaction, leading to more people lobbying, fundraising and educating themselves. Regardless of what the event is, they are efficient ways to raise awareness for a cause and gain new followers.
  • Help Survivors by donating clothes and other goods to shelters for victims of human trafficking. Also, encourage businesses to give jobs to survivors, helping them get back on their feet and get a fresh start. If applicable, offering legal advice to survivors allows them an opportunity to not only move forward but to gain justice. Helping survivors and contributing to their recovery stops the cycle of trauma in its tracks and ensures it won’t repeat itself. Stay informed by following relevant organizations on social media, read reportsas they are released

  • Report Suspicions to the Human Trafficking Resource Line (0800 222 777)/ SAPS (10111) / Childline (116)
  • Help Combat the Demand For Cheap Labour by boycotting products and companies that permit human trafficking. The Dept of Labour will be able to provide a list.

#endhumantrafficking #endchildtrafficking #endgenderbasedviolence

“EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING *

Should you wish to donate to help us fight and  break the cycles of  these vicious atrocities of Human Trafficking and Gender based Violence  especially during these perilous times and far into the future, You will be assisting and enabling us to fulfill  our mission to Save Lives Through Awareness and Education.

#Donate today How To Take Advantage of Tax-Deductible Donations to Charities

Your donation will be used for the sustainability of our projects and the organisation.

Our banking details are:

Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank:  First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ

Email Proof of Donation to accounts@actafrica.org.za

OR

Click on the link below

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/awarenessforchildtraffickingafricaactafric

PLEASE DO NOT ABANDON YOUR BABY OR CHILD…

PLEASE DO NOT ABANDON YOUR BABY OR CHILD…

WHAT IS ABANDONMENT?

Relinquishing interests and claims over one’s offspring in an illegal way, with the intent of never resuming or reasserting guardianship  AND leaving a child younger than 12 months in a public or private place with the intent of terminating their care for the child, also referredto as BABY DUMPING.

RISKS OF ABANDONMENT

Emotional and Mental Risks: low self-esteem, difficulty emotionally attaching and trusting other caregivers, guilt, anxiety, clinginess, insomnia, eating disorders and depression

Security/Physical Risks: Death, Vulnerability to Paedophiles, Child Trafficking for the purposes of illegal adoption, child sex trafficking, organ harvesting which comprises of any one or more of the following such as for the purposes of muti, illegal ritual practices, illegal organ transplants. 

STATISTICS OF ABANDONMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

As per article in Daily Maverick 21/10/2020 – By the beginning of June, 26  baby homes reported an intake of 58 abandoned babies over the first two months of lockdown. Media reports for the same time (as well as June and early July) detail 50 abandonments – mostly babies – found in sewerage pipes, the open veld, rubbish dumps, in shallow graves, buckets, streets, outside homes and most tragically, in a dustbin a few meters away from a baby saver. Thirty-two (two-thirds) of these children were found dead.These statistics include an unusually high number of older children, all with heartbreaking stories. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2020-10-21-the-truth-behind-sas-shocking-child-abandonment-statistics/

The National Adoption Coalition of South Africa estimated that in 2020, out of a total of 83 infants found unsafely abandoned, only 34 were found alive and the other 49 were found dead

As per article in Sowetan 07/06/2022– More than 1 000 children in South Africa have been abandoned by their parents over the past two years. The shocking data was revealed by the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu in response to a parliamentary question this week.https://sundayworld.co.za/news/shockingly-large-number-of-sa-children-are-abandoned/

The minister said in the period from April 2019 to March 2020, a total of 589 children were reported abandoned, while from April 2020 to March 2021, a total of 435 kids were abandoned.

LEGAL CONSEQUENCES:

Child abandonment is a criminal offence, and a person who abandons a child after birth may be charged and prosecuted. Charges could include crimes such as concealment of birth and attempted murder.

What to do should you find yourself for whatever reason not being able or wanting to keep your child:

LEGAL ADOPTION IS THE ONLY SAFE ALTERNATIVE.

Contact a social worker. They can help with placing the child in foster care or adoption programmes. If that’s not possible, the social worker can also assist with placing the child in a youth care centre.

Whilst there are baby sanctuaries and centres deemed safe like the police stations, churches, child and youth care centres where one can go to and request help, Know that in South Africa it is a criminal offence to just abandon a child.

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 intends:

  • to give effect to certain rights of children as contained in the Constitution;
  • to set out principles relating to the care and protection of children;
  • to define parental responsibilities and rights;
  • to make further provision regarding children’s courts;
  • to provide for the issuing of contribution orders;
  • to make new provision for the adoption of children;
  • to provide for inter-country adoption;
  • to give effect to the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption;
  • to prohibit child abduction and to give effect to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction;
  • to provide for surrogate motherhood;
  • to create certain new offences relating to children; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.

https://www.gov.za/documents/childrens-act

Four principles of theUN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Non-Discrimination.
  • Best interests of the child Children. …
  • The right to survival and development. …
  • The views of the child.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/un-convention-child-rights/#:~:text=What%20is%20the%20UN%20Convention%3F,human%20rights%20treaty%20in%20history.

Extract from an article by The Conversation on 20 July 2020

Baby savers around the world

So what is a baby saver? It is also referred to as a baby safe, baby box and the babyklappen (in Germany). The saver allows a mother or relinquishing person to anonymously and safely leave an infant in a box-like structure built in to a wall. An alarm is triggered when the infant is placed inside and emergency medical teams or first responders are immediately notified. The infant is collected and taken to a place of safety.

Currently there are 35 organisations that have actively introduced baby savers in South Africa. The first was the Door of Hope Children’s Mission, established in 1999 despite the absence of legal backing. To date 240 babies have been saved through this facility.

These organisations provide a space for mothers to safely give up their babies. Babies found after surviving unsafe abandonment are also brought to these organisations. But without legalisation the areas in which these savers are located are not widely publicised. This limits the access desperate mothers have to them and this also impedes the establishment of further savers in South Africa.

Unsafe infant abandonment is not unique to South Africa. Many countries around the world face this harsh reality, but some have developed alternatives. They may do it in different ways but they all aim to safeguard the child’s right to life.

The first legalisation of the use of a baby saver was through the Baby Moses law enacted in Texas in 1999 after a spate of unsafe abandonments state-wide left 33 abandoned infants dead out of a total of 105. This was closely followed by Germany, which implemented the use of the babyklappen in 2000. Between 2001 and 2007, 143 infants were safely relinquished in these safes.

In January 2019, Namibia became the only African country to introduce baby safe haven laws.

https://theconversation.com/south-african-women-needing-to-abandon-their-babies-dont-have-safe-options-this-must-change-163992 

The Process of Adoption:

  • Orientation session where all the details are explained.
  • Complete the application forms and return them to the agency.
  • Complete a personal profile and return it to the agency.
  • Apply for a police clearance certificate.
  • Undergo psychometric testing.
  • An interview with a social worker.

Giving a child up for adoption isn’t always easy, the decision requires a lot of thought to ensure that it will be in the best interest of the child. Child protection organisations and the Department of Social Development will provide guidance and support services to assist you throughout the process.

How the process works

In terms of section 233(4) of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, a person must prove that he or she was counselled by an adoption social worker before signing permission for the adoption.

The presiding officer must explain in private to the parent exactly how and when all parental rights will be transferred to the adoptive parents. Legal guardians must go through this same procedure, this includes the maternal grandparents in the case of a minor birth mother, as well as the child if the child is over the age of 10.

Two different, but equally legal, ways of adoption are possible in terms of the Children’s Act:

  • disclosed adoption: where the parties know each other’s identity, for instance, stepfamily or foster parents, or
  • non-disclosed adoption: when a child is matched with non-relatives unknown to the parents.

Giving consent

Both the mother and the father must consent to the adoption by a specific person or persons. If the child is 10 years and older, the child must also consent to the adoption. If the child is in foster care, the foster parents must also certify that they don’t wish to adopt the child.

One can give consent in the following way:

  • If you’re a parent or guardian of the child, complete Form 61, the parent or guardian must give consent for a child to be adopted.
  • If you’re a child that’s 10 years of age or older, complete Form 62, the child must give consent to their adoption.
  • One must give consent in writing. In South Africa, the person or persons giving the consent must sign it in the presence of a presiding officer of the children’s court, who shall then attest to the consent.
  • The consent should contain the names of the proposed adoptive parents. If it is in the child’s best interest, the children’s court may admit consent by the child’s parents or guardian which doesn’t contain the names or any other particulars of the proposed adoptive parents.

AdoptionConsent isn’t necessary (this isn’t automatic, as the court needs to make a factual finding) if:

  • the child is an orphan and has no guardian or caregiver who is willing and able to adopt the child and the court is provided with certified copies of the child’s parents or guardians death certificate or such other documentation as may be required by the court;
  • the parent or guardian is incompetent to give consent due to mental illness;
  • the parent or guardian has abandoned the child, or if the whereabouts of that parent or guardian can’t be established, or if the identity of that parent or guardian is unknown;
  • the parent or guardian has abused or deliberately neglected the child, or has allowed the child to be abused or deliberately neglected;
  • the parent or guardian has consistently failed to fulfil his or her parental responsibilities towards the child during the last 12 months;
  • the parent or guardian has been divested by an order of a court of the right to consent to the adoption of the child; or
  • the parent or guardian has failed to respond to a notice of the proposed adoption (referred to in section 238 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005) within 30 days of service of the notice.

Biological parents can withdraw their consent within 60 days of signing the consent form by signing a Form 64.https://www.westerncape.gov.za/service/giving-child-adoption                    https://adoption.org.za/childrens-act/

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