LIFESTYLE NEWS - South African dad, Dean Barber, the father of an adopted child, is distributing an online petition and video, appealing to the public to prevent a new section of the Children’ Act regarding adoption being passed.
The amendment would make any private adoption impossible as all adoptions would have to be free of charge, making it impossible for private social workers or professional agencies to facilitate the adoption process. Adoptions would be left to overworked state social workers, untrained in adoption issues.
Many other people have spoken out against the adoption amendment, including Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz.
In a media release Fritz condemns the steam-rolling of recent amendments to Sections 249 and 259 of the Children’s Act of 2005. He says these amendments will make it illegal for anyone to charge fees for professional adoptive services; putting a halt to adoptions both in South Africa and oversees.
The official petition is at the end of the video and Barber is sending it to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Barber asks that everyone share this video and petition to garner maximum support to stop the new legislation.
Below is Dean Barbers letter to South Africa and the video/petition link:
Dear South Africa - a letter from a Dad.
Please watch my short YouTube video about the New Section of the Children’s Act Third Amendment which will have devastating effects on adoptions.
Also note the Official Petition, which is going to The President, is attached to the video.
Please can you assist by sharing this video link on your social media platforms, news and media platforms, to many friends, family, influential people , organisations and news platforms so that we can increase awareness and increase the Official Petition numbers.
Before this video was loaded for public viewing, I received valuable input from some of the leading adoption authorities in S.A. who have already been involved in this campaign.
Your support is hugely appreciated in trying to:
I am just a Dad trying to make a difference.
Together, we can make a difference.
Click the link below to watch the video:
Motivational Video: New Section of the Children’s Act with devastating effects on adoptions in S.A. https://youtu.be/pvEB0qZnndI
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