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

Sponsoring With Gratitude

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 This verse is so essential to our understanding of what gratitude is! God calls us all to care for those in need and to show . . .

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Could you be Aiden’s family?

5-year-old Aiden is a healthy, happy little boy! Aiden will turn 6 on February 1st and it’s our prayer that he will celebrate his 7th birthday with his loving forever family! Sadly, Aiden was abandoned in China when he was just a few months old. In spite of his tough beginning, Aiden is a happy-go-lucky kid with a . . .

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Brady needs your help

We’re reaching out to you, our AGCI family, to help us pray and advocate for sweet Brady. Brady is still waiting in Colombia for his forever family, and it’s our prayer that they find him soon! Please share Brady’s story so he can come home! 7-year-old Brady is an empathetic child who desperately wants the stable, unconditional . . .

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Could Tina be your daughter?

13-year-old Tina is a kind, affectionate girl who wants nothing more than a family’s love! Our team met Tina in Colombia in 2017 and immediately saw how very special she is! We spent an afternoon with this sweet, loving girl playing basketball and making friendship bracelets and we completely fell in love with her. Tina craves connection—she shared with us . . .

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Celebrating The Gift of Love

 “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”  Mark 12:31 Each month, we’re celebrating the gifts that Jesus brings into our lives. The gift of unconditional love and acceptance is something every child deserves. AGCI adoptee Desi Stephens knows firsthand how important love and the opportunity to thrive are . . .

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A Letter of Gratitude

Adoptive parents Nate and Lindsey Williams received an AGCI Special Treasures adoption grant to help bring their youngest son, Ethan, home from China. They recently shared the following letter of gratitude with our team! Ethan is our youngest son who was brought home with the help of the Special Treasures Grant in 2017.  He is . . .

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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.