South Africa’s top adoption agencies

by Tshepy Matloga-Malope
South Africa’s top adoption agencies
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South Africa boasts several reputable adoption agencies that specialise in helping families through the adoption process. By Tshepy Matloga-Malope

These agencies play a crucial role in facilitating the adoption of children, ensuring that both the child and the prospective adoptive parents receive the necessary support and guidance.

Here are some of South Africa’s best adoption agencies, known for their dedication and commitment to the well-being of children:

Abba Adoptions

With a strong national presence in Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, and the Northwest Provinces, Abba adoption services have many years of experience, and all adoption social workers are registered with a specialty in adoption social work with the South African Council for Social Service professions. Their alternative care services include shorter-term placements in temporary alternative care, reunification services, foster care, and specialist adoption services.

Western Cape
Tel: 021 913 8224

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Wandisa Adoption Agency

“Wandisa,” in isiZulu and isiXhosa, means “one who adds to the family.” Accredited by the National Department of Social Development to facilitate both local and intercountry adoptions, Wandisa networks and collaborates with role players throughout South Africa and internationally.

Where a child’s interests would best be served by placement outside of South Africa, Wandisa works with agencies in the US, the Netherlands, and France to find the appropriate family for that child. Wandisa has facilitated over 200 intercountry adoptions into France, the Netherlands, and the US. Many of these placements benefit children with special needs or those who have faced extraordinary trauma.

Western Cape
Tel: 021 8528025 


Procare is a prominent adoption agency known for its ethical and child-centred approach. They boast an Adoption Unit consisting of senior social workers who are accredited by the Department of Social Development to facilitate adoptions in accordance with the Children’s Act.

Their social workers have also been registered and recognised as adoption specialists by the South African Council of Social Service Professionals, based on their experience and expertise in the field of adoption.

Procare offers personalised adoption services, including counselling, home studies, and post-placement support, to ensure successful and sustainable placements. Regrettably, Procare is currently only able to render adoption services in the Western Cape area.

Western Cape

Tel: 021-8730532

Read: Adoption in SA

Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services

Established in 2000, Impilo is a designated child protection organisation with adoption accreditation for national and intercountry adoptions. It places children in temporary safe care while carrying out intensive social work and child protection services so that children can be placed in a permanent family environment as early as possible after removal.

At any given time, Impilo provides services in the Gauteng region to about 150 children who are orphaned, vulnerable, or abandoned. Typically, 13% to 19% of children cared for in a year will be refugees or asylum-seekers. 95% of their children are placed in a family environment within 2 years, and because of careful screening and monitoring, 98% of these placements are successful.


Tel: 011 640 1343


Choosing the right adoption agency is a crucial decision for any prospective adoptive parent or birth parent. It is essential to research and select an agency that aligns with your values, provides the necessary support and resources, and prioritises the well-being of the child above all else.

By partnering with a trusted agency, prospective adoptive parents can embark on their adoption journey with confidence, knowing that they have the necessary support every step of the way.

Also read: Adoption- the lowdown

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