The portfolio committee on Social Development was briefed on 6 October by the Department of Social Development on amendments contained in the Children’s Amendment Bill. The Bill seeks to provide a comprehensive legal solution for specific challenges in relation to foster care. There are also significant proposed amendments impacting adoptions. According to a media statement issued by the parliamentary communication services, concerns were expressed with the way certain clauses, including a clause on adoption processes, were explained. The Department has been requested to provide a more detailed briefing on these sections.
Opportunity will be provided for public comments on the bill from 16 October to 27 November 2020. NACSA will be making a written submission in collaboration with key stakeholders in the sector.
Should you be interested to get involved or to make a written submission, please read the NACSA position paper posted below. This paper aims to contextualise adoptions and provides an explanation of the key issues pertaining to adoption, while proposing alternatives to these amendments.
You can your send your submission to: Ms Lindiwe Ntsabo at firstname.lastname@example.org Please note the cut off date for written submissions is 27 November 2020. The more submissions in relation to key provisions, the more likely they may change the amendments
Please feel free to email us on email@example.com if you would like to have more information or to confirm your support of our position. Please consider joining the Coalition as this is when having a collective voice for adoption is so crucial.
To read the revised Bill and follow the process see: https://bit.ly/34bNZzX