PROCARE Adoptions

A blog about adoption experiences

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Our arms full of boys…


It has now been two months since our third son came home to us. I’m coming up for air and feel as if we’re into a new normal with two busy boys and one snuggly baby. 

My husband and I have been married for 9 years now and one of the reasons we fell in love with each other is our mutual love and passion for children. After a few years of lots of time spent caring for other peoples children, it was time for us to begin a family of our own. So we had ‘the chat’. We discussed and prayed about both the options of starting a family: biological and adoption.  After a few months on this topic we felt that adoption was our passion and would be our story. So we asked God for a baby by adoption and then phoned PROCARE for an interview. And well then all the fun began….

After nine months our first baby boy was placed in our arms and our hearts felt fit to burst with joy. We knew from the moment we saw his first photo that this is the little boy we’d been praying and waiting for. The wonder of adoption is breathtaking, as you meet and cuddle your boy for the first time knowing that you’re his forever mommy and daddy.

Well I asked myself this morning how did one bundle become three ?  All three of them so different and yet so equally precious and full of life. I have never laughed as much as I have being a mommy. And boys…what can I say…life is an adventure with these little men.

By far the most incredible part of adoption has been seeing how our sons love and care for one another. Our older two, being so close in age, are inseparable and just this morning I had to try get the one away from the other’s hug as they went to separate schools . And they adore their new baby brother and smother him sometimes too enthusiastically, declaring to anyone who visits our home “come meet our baby…he’s our baby forever!”

We are so grateful to the PROCARE Team and to their kangaroos who have made our family possible.

All our love

The big happy family


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Unconditional Love

My wife and I have been married for 21yrs. We have been at the fertility clinics for more than 15 years trying to get medical assistance to conceive. Three years ago, we gave up hope and finally tried a different approach and decided to go through a screening and to register on the adoption list. PROCARE came well recommended through a family member. We were quite nervous as this was new territory for us. However, PROCARE’s professionalism made it very comfortable and easy to understand regarding the rules and regulations around adoptions. PROCARE is extremely diligent and gave us peace of mind. In addition, they found us a perfect match. January 2018, our lives changed forever.

Our little princess is 6 months now and she has made our lives so much more joyous and filling our hearts, lives and home with more love and happiness. This wonderful being, through the Grace of God, granted us to experience parenthood. What an out-of-this-world experience. It is still so overwhelming.  She is so content and extremely joyous…laughing, playing and expressing her happiness too. We are just over the moon and giving her unconditional love. We have such big plans for her. She fits in with both our families and they are so “gaga” over her too. Our beautiful daughter is such a blessing. We never imagined that PROCARE would be so spot on…brilliant work PROCARE!


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Meet the happy family

Me husband and I have known each other for 8 years and have been married for 4. We began looking into adoption when it became clear that our journey to parenthood would be less traditional. PROCARE came recommended by friends who like us had to take a different path to becoming parents. There are so many misconceptions around adoption and it can be daunting at the start however, once you start the process and start discussing adoption, you realise how common it actually is and how accepting and excited others are for you. Our journey with PROCARE has been both professional and caring, they left no stone unturned in their interview process and we felt supported and understood from the very first appointment. The entire team is friendly and professional, we felt at ease and prepared to begin this new chapter in our lives.


Today, we have a gorgeous little boy. He is 6 months old and full of spirit. He was named Aiden after the Celtic god of the sun and fire. He fills our hearts with happiness and we couldn’t be prouder to be his parents. Aiden is our son, he is loved and cared for. He wakes up with a smile every day, loves his food and enjoys people’s company, He is determined to start walking before crawling and loves his rattle and jungle tales book.


Would we do it all over again? YES, in a heartbeat! Our only regret is not adopting sooner. Like most people who struggle with fertility, we often exhaust all other possibilities before considering adoption. The truth nonetheless is that adoption has allowed us to become parents. Aiden is a perfect match to our “checklist” and does not fall short of love from anyone who surrounds us. If you are considering adopting, we highly recommend booking your orientation appointment and begin your journey with PROCARE.

The happy family

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Our handsome young man.


Dear Procare

Happy New Year!! 2018 is upon us and realizing how Blessed we are and have been since our Angel arrived in 2015. Gavin and I were talking and in all honesty we cannot imagine how our lives would be without Samuel. He is growing into a handsome young man, intelligent and independent. Two going on sixteen, laugh out loud.

Last year was challenging and the positives far out weight the negatives. We finally got the unabridged name change birth certificate, which is AWESOME. We celebrated with ice-cream and Samuel took cupcake to creche the next day. Samuel is an actively little boy who does Playball, Music Box; ‘Bak n Brou’ and Art which he thoroughly enjoys. He loves telling stories about what he did at creche for the day.He is also ‘Mr. Popular’ as everyone including Parents and teachers look for his smiling face as they enter or leave the creche and in turn he knows everyone’s names. Its magical, how one little boy can cause a change in this big world in the smallest way by just saying hello and giving a big smile.

He has these moments when he comes up to you and says ‘ I Love You Mommy’ or ‘I love you Daddy’ and it just gives you butterflies. In moments like that we just lift him and want to eat him up. He also has a very serious side when he says ‘ I can do it – Leave me’ then we just wish he stayed small a bit longer. He can reach the door now and can make a jam sandwich and he is only going to be 3.

Life is unexpected and even with all the heartbreaks with infertility our light – Samuel – shines very bright. Every year I feel more and more Blessed to call him my son.

Samuel enjoys dancing to the tunes of Despicito and the Theme song of Trolls; riding his bike and playing in the park. He is left handed and very good at controlling a soccer ball. Potty training went very well and he now off the nappy but we don’t take any chances at night. So he still sleeps with a pull up.He is still the shortest in his class but the most outspoken. He likes helping his classmates and causes the girls to go crazy, as everyone wants to sit next to Samuel or be in a group with him.

This note is just to say THANK YOU to everyone at PROCARE, our lives was filled 180 degrees in the most Magical, Blessed and Precious way possible.

May 2018 bring you peace, love and give you the strength to continue doing ALL the GREAT WORK creating Forever Families.

From our home to yours.

God Bless.

Gavin, Sebrina & Samuel.


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Faith. Hope. Love….


After almost 5 years of infertility struggles, failed IVF’s and 2 miscarriages, my husband and I had made peace with the fact that we will not have children.  Although this was a tough journey for us; as Christians, we both believe that God is in control and if it was not in his plan for our lives to have a child or children, then we will accept it.

We are blessed to have always had a very strong marriage we never allowed our desire to be parents become and obsession and put pressure on our relationship. In fact, we believe that the hardships we went through, only made us stronger and prepared us for something so much bigger and better than either of us could ever imagine.

Adoption has always been in the back of our minds, even before we knew we would not be able to have children (the “normal” way ). But it was, and I am embarrassed to say, at that time, it was more of a backup plan.

We met a couple who invited us to go to their church. After the service, we were introduced to another couple who had recently adopted. My Husband just started asking questions and details of how they went about the adoption “as it is something we have always considered”. But at the time, we had not spoken about children, let alone thought about adoption for MONTHS. Yet when my husband spoke those words, it was like someone turned on the lights.

In the car on the way home, we made the decision (very casually) to start looking into the adoption process. There is a stigma around adoption; or more so, the process of adoption in South Africa, which made us very cautiously optimistic about this decision.

I started doing research. I read up about the process and where to start. Finding an agency or social worker that you are comfortable with was on top of the list. I researched a list of adoption agencies and I was about 3 agencies down on my list when the Adoption secretary from PROCARE answered the phone.

I am not sure exactly what was more striking about this introduction; the genuine passion in her voice, the fact that she was actually willing and interested in answering my questions and gave me more information that I even knew to ask for; or the mere fact that she was so honest about what we can and should expect; should we make the decision to go ahead. Long story short, I was sold on PROCARE after 2 minutes on the phone with them. If we were to do this thing, we would do it with them.

The first available date to meet with the Adoption social worker was in October. It was explained as an orientation session where after we would be able to make an informed decision if we wanted to go ahead. Again, because of the stigma around adoption; the red tape, the jumping through hoops, unresponsive social workers, long waiting periods, cost implications etc. etc.; we went into this meeting with NO expectations. But when we walked out… boy oh boy, we walked out with a re-ignited hope and realization, that we may very well one day have the family we’ve always dreamed of.

We powered through the paperwork and had our next appointment in November. With each step, the excitement grew stronger. We “graduated” at the end of January. We were officially on the waiting list!!! But somehow it still seemed like something very far away and thinking back, I failed to realize the reality of what was happening.

One day at work I saw a missed a call on my phone from a number I was not familiar with. I phoned back and realized who had phoned. It was PROCARE. My heart started beating so fast, but I kept saying to myself that they probably wanted to clarify something on our paperwork – there is no way this could be, “The Call”. I was put through to the social worker and by this time my heart was beating in my throat and I could physically hear the blood rush in my ears.

It was, “The Call”. There was a baby for us, a perfect little baby girl. But how is this possible?

The emotion I went through in that moment was pure disbelief. Then doubt, fear and then more disbelief. We were set to move into our new house in 10 days. Everything was packed up. We had no nursery. Never mind the nursery, we did not have a single nappy or little baby grow. NOTHING.

My Husband was sitting in a meeting in JHB and could not take my call when I phoned him. I sent him a message to phone me as soon as he could, without giving anything away. But when he phoned me back, somehow, he already knew. All he said was, we have a baby, don’t we? He was so calm and together and sure, and he made all my panic disappear like only he can. And the excitement and overwhelming joy started setting in. (I later learned that his calm demeanor was just a front and that he was freaking out as much as I was, but that he could hear he needed to be calm for me )

Since this moment, there was never any doubt in our minds. Our daughter was coming home. We did not want to wait to say yes to our baby girl, no matter what, this is the baby God has chosen for us. She was already ours. The presentation the very next day was just a formality and we were to meet our precious girl in only 5 days’ time.

Needless to say; the days that followed are a complete blur. Somehow, in a very short time we had everything we needed to welcome our precious baby home.

Leia has just turned ONE. This little lady has just exceeded our expectations in every way. She is strong willed and brave and beautiful. Never in our lives could we ever have imagined the overwhelming love we have for this little girl today. If we had the opportunity to rewrite our story, we would not change a single detail. This is how it was supposed to be. She was always destined to be our daughter. God chose her for us and led us to her. We have unequivocally and irrevocably fallen in love with her. We praise God for our unique story and we truly feel blessed and special about the way that our daughter was chosen for us.

The social worker and every single person we dealt with at PROCARE; You are all Angels! You’ve managed to eliminate all the doubts around this process we ever had. We were seamlessly guided and supported, every step of the way. We never felt lost or alone or unsure. Your passion and love for each baby, adoptive parents and Birth Mom is evident in everything you do. We are forever grateful for what you have done.  Thank you for being so invested in our story. Thank you for helping us find our baby girl and for bringing her home to us!


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I found my son!


I’m 31, single, and became a mom for the first time two months ago, when I adopted my little boy, Joel. I am a Biokineticist by training, but I left that to start a sports massage practice in Cape Town about a year ago. I’m passionate about people, justice, my faith, and anything that grows me. In that light, I’ve spent years traveling the world for both work and fun, encountering incredible people, ways of thinking and cultures along the way. This new adventure excites me the most though.

I actually never imagined having a biological child of my own. If ever I pictured my children, even in my teens, they always had someone else’s DNA. Four years ago I moved to Korea and opened a bank account, “Joel’s Account”, with the intention of saving for the possibility of adopting somewhere down the line. No specific time line or prerequisite in mind though. Suddenly, in November of last year, I felt so strongly that I needed to start looking for my son. I signed up for the soonest adoption conference and began the actual paperwork in January. The process was amazing.

I was introduced to PROCARE, at the adoption conference that I attended and knew immediately that I wanted to go through the process with them. It was clear from the beginning that they absolutely understood and supported my desire that this be a restorative process not only for my boy, but for the woman who would be giving him life, and a life. I’m so grateful that she chose to keep him to term, and then chose me to be his mother, a role of which she had no possible means to fulfil. Eight months later, as I was heading out the door to join a Crossfit class, I got the call to say that I had a son. A crazy seven days after that, I looked in my rear-view mirror, and there was a child, my child, sitting in a car seat and we were on our way home. There were forms, home visits, workshops, an emotional meeting with the birth mother, court appearances, and more forms in among the story, but they’re nothing. I found my son.

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World Adoption Day 2017

World Adoption Day 2017

Introduction to Adoption

Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the child’s birth mother or father.

A legal adoption order ends the parental rights of the birth mother and father and hands over the parental rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parents.

Who may adopt a child in South Africa?

According to the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005), a child may be adopted:

  • jointly by:
  • a husband and wife, or
  • partners in a permanent domestic life-partnership, or
  • people sharing a common household and forming a permanent family unit,
  • by a widower, widow, divorced or unmarried person,
  • by a married person whose spouse is the parent of the child,
  • by the biological father of a child born out of wedlock, or

by the foster parent of the child.

Types of adoptions

There are various forms of legal adoptions, these are:

  • Related adoption: Adoption of a child by a person who is related to the child.  This includes step-parent adoptions where there are varying levels of openness between the parties in the adoption.
  • Disclosed or open adoption: The identity of the biological parent(s) and the identity of the adoptive parent(s) are known by both parties. This form of adoption may include a post-adoption agreement that provides for future contact or the exchange of information.
  • Closed adoption: In such a case, no identifying details are available and/or exchanged between the adoptive parents and biological parent(s).
  • Same-race adoption: The race of the adoptive parent/s and child is the same.
  • National adoption: A legal adoption facilitated by an accredited adoption social worker and/or organisation where both the adoptive child and parent(s) are South African citizens or have permanent residence in South Africa.
  • Inter-race adoption: The race of the child and adoptive parent(s) differ.
  • Inter-country adoption: A legal adoption facilitated by an accredited adoption organisation where either the child or parents are not South African citizens. South Africa is party to the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoptions. This practice is also regulated by Chapter 18 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.

Note: To legalise any inter-country adoptions it is important that social workers get in contact directly with the Registrar of Adoptions in Pretoria via the Departmental Provincial Head Office with the Affiliated Bureau for International Social Services (ISS) in South Africa.

For more information on this, please contact:

The National Office of the International Social Services at (+27) 012 312 7790/91.

There are 4 phases in the adoption process:

  1. Application 
  • In South Africa, the only way in which you can legally adopt a child is by working through an accredited adoption agency, or with the assistance of an adoption social worker, functioning within the statutory accredited adoption system.
  • When working through an adoption agency, the process usually starts with the prospective adoptive parents submitting an application to the agency.


  • Each agency has its own set of requirements – it’s a good idea to phone the particular agency to get their set of criteria before you actually apply in writing.
  1. Screening process
  • All prospective adoptive parents are required to undergo a screening and preparation process. This normally involves:
  • orientation meetings,
  • interviews with a social worker,
  • full medical examinations,
  • marriage and psychological assessments,
  • home visits, and
  • police clearance and the checking of references.
  • The screening process allows social workers to get to know prospective adopters as a family, their motivation to adopt and their ability to offer a child a warm, loving and stable home.
  1. Waiting list
  • Once the screening process is complete, applicants are placed on a waiting list for a child. Applicants have their own ideas and wishes about the child they wish to adopt.
  • They can decide about the age and sex of the baby or child they would like to adopt, and adoption agencies will try to meet those personal expectations.
  1. Placement
  • The official placement of the child with the adoptive parents is a legal process, carried out through the Children’s Court.
  • Once the child has been with the new parents for a period of time, and the social worker has assessed the adoption to be in the best interests of the child, the adoption is finalised through the Children’s Court.
  • The child then becomes the legal child of the adoptive parents as if the child was born to them and has all the same rights as a biological child.

Find out more about:

Adopting a child in a non-convention country