South Africa

About South Africa

South Africa (officially known as the Republic of South Africa) is the largest country in Southern Africa and is marked by wide diversity in its geography and in its people. With a great variety of cultures, languages and religions, South Africa has a rich history. Sadly, it is also one of the most unequal countries in the world where extreme opulence and severe poverty often exist side-by-side. Disease, unemployment, political unrest, and numerous other factors have led to a devastating orphan crisis.

How We’re Intervening For Orphans In South Africa

Our vision is to expand caregiver training in South Africa so that every social worker has the training and resources they need to better advocate for children. South Africa has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world. Understanding the needs of children affected by FASD is especially crucial for caregivers, social workers, and policymakers. It’s AGCI’s goal to equip these individuals with the education and training they need to advocate for these children.

As we work to place more children with their forever families, we’re launching adoption trainings for government officials, social workers, and orphanage directors. As a result, more orphans with special needs will be eligible for adoption and will have the opportunity to be united with a family.

Recent News

We are so excited to share that our South Africa Adoption Program officially opened on November 1, 2018! We are accepting a limited number of families in 2018 for our pilot program.

WE INTERVENE IN 3 WAYS
PROVIDE
PLACE
POLICY
PROVIDE
Family-Like Care

We’re in the process of implementing our first Connected Care caregiver training in South Africa! This program is designed to elevate the standard of care for orphans by introducing TBRI principles in a hands-on, practical way for caregivers.

AGCI’s goal is for both caregivers and children to experience the evidence-based benefits of TBRI—which includes true healing for children, better connection between caregivers and children, and the ability to manage behaviors in a more loving and attachment-based way. Our hope is that this program can change lives for generations of children and families.

PLACE
Finding Families For Orphans

Our new South Africa Adoption Program is now open! Limited openings are available in 2018 for our pilot program. All God’s Children International is one of three U.S. agencies accredited to provide adoption services for children in South Africa.

We work directly with the South African Central Authority (Department of Social Development) to place children in loving, safe, and permanent homes. South Africa is one of the first African countries to embrace the regulations of the Hague Convention and AGCI is one of the only agencies with 2 Hague accredited programs in Africa!

POLICY
Changing the System

Together with our partners in South Africa, we’re working to influence child welfare policy at the highest levels of government. It’s our goal to begin to change the system and create a path to family and elevated care for all orphans.

AGCI hopes to unite NGOs and policymakers in the region to create a unified, strategic child advocacy plan.

STORIES

How to Choose the Right Adoption Agency

Adopting a child is a life-changing experience for any family. Choosing the right adoption agency for your family can make your adoption journey feel less overwhelming and more rewarding. We’re here to help. Check out our list below of the top five things to look for when choosing an adoption agency. The adoption agency explains . . .

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A $3K Adoption Grant Is Available!

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14 Siblings Julian (13), Jonah (11), Joy (9), and Jaxon (6) want nothing more than to grow up together in a loving forever family! These bright, loving siblings are currently separated and living in different foster families. Julian, Jonah, Joy, . . .

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Gracie Is Waiting For Her Forever Family!

We fell in love with sweet 3-year-old Gracie the moment we met her in Colombia! Gracie is a loving, affectionate toddler and is very bonded to her caregivers. Gracie is a curious child— the moment we met her she was instantly interested in who we were and what we were doing. Gracie keeps an eye . . .

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Connected Care: AGCI’s Pilot Caregiver Training Program

How do you change over 300,000 lives? By changing the care system from the ground up. AGCI’s 2019 Connected Care caregiver trainings in Colombia, Ethiopia, South Africa, and China have the ability to change the lives of over 300,000 children and the potential to impact generations of children and families. We have developed a culturally . . .

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The Dream Home Has Officially Launched!

  We are so excited to share that our very first Dream Home has officially launched! AGCI President, Hollen Frazier, was able to celebrate the opening in Bogota, Colombia, on August 4th, alongside Kiersten Luginbill, our VP of International Programs, and Andy Sears, our VP of Advancement, as well as many incredible donors, partners, and . . .

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Could She Be Your Daughter?

11-year-old Rosemary is brimming with potential to blossom into a confident and creative daughter under the nurture and love of a stable family. With her winsome smile and kind, gentle spirit, Rosemary is well-liked by her peers and enjoys participating in group activities and playing with her friends. She is currently being raised in a . . .

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Prepare

For 19-year-old Namousa, AGCI’s Independence program is so much more than the chance to further her education—it’s the chance to break the cycle of poverty and follow her dreams. Following the death of her mother, Namousa was brought to a South African orphanage at the age of 7. Dedicated, bright, and committed to a different life than that of her family, Namousa worked hard at school and through the help of AGCI’s Independence program, recently graduated college with a degree in social work. Without this support, Namousa would be back on the streets, with no resources or skills to help her get her start in life. Today, this amazing young woman is practicing social work with the goal of intervening for other orphans so that they too can have the support they need to follow their dreams.