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Category: Adoptive Parents

The best decision

My husband and I had always discussed adoption and the fact that we would like to adopt a child at some point in our lives. To be able to change a child’s life from one of despair to one of hope and life was an opportunity we wanted to take. We started trying for a […]

Adoption is an option for African parents

We got married in August 2007 and had decided to start trying to conceive immediately. I got off my contraceptives and hoped it would happen within three months, with teenagers falling pregnant everyday how hard could it really be? I was in for a shock of my life. A year later nothing had happened so […]

Cross cultural / trans-racial adoption

I wrote this essay hopefully to encourage a reader somewhere to consider cross-cultural / trans-racial adoption. In our country thousands of orphans are in need of mommies and daddies. And I don’t know – thousands? – of couples are desperate to have children. Can’t these people find each other somehow? My husband and I are […]

An adopted child is doubly loved

Dalene* and her husband battled to conceive a child for several years. They attempted fertility treatment six times without success and having faced one devastating disappointment after another, decided they had to consider another option to fulfil their immense desire to have a child. They approached an adoption agency and embarked on the process to […]

The adoption process – a partnership

Nadia’s* health made pregnancy a risky situation. Nevertheless, she tried to conceive and underwent fertility treatment until she decided that it was time she and her husband considered adoption. After three years of waiting, a birth mother chose them from a selection of adoptive parents and virtually overnight, Nadia and her husband became parents. “We […]

Unconditional love (Afrikaans)

Dit was nie vir ons ‘n moeilike besluit om na infertiliteitsbehandeling, aanneming as ‘n opsie te oorweeg nie. Ons het nie verder kans gesien vir die emosionele “roller coaster” ritte van die behandeling nie en wou graag terwyl ons relatief jonk was darem pa en ma word. Groot was die opgewondenheid toe ons genooi was […]

Life without children not an option

My name is Nell and before adopting my son, Luca who is now 10, I had 8 IVF’s, 2 miscarriages and about 5 Artificial Inseminations. I had given up hope with fertility but life without children was not an option. The one big difference between fertility and adoption is that in adoption – YOU WILL […]

Our destiny

I am a 42 year old mom to 12 year old Gia and 5 year old Rio. I had no problem conceiving my daughter (which surprised both me and my doctors) as I underwent a liver transplant in London whilst living in the UK in 1993 and was initially warned that pregnancy might not be […]

A magical memory (Afrikaans)

Wat ‘n wonderlike pad om te stap. Daardie oproep dat jul dogtertjie binne paar uur in die lewe gebring gaan word. Oppad Tzaneen toe kon ek nie my oë glo nie, ons gaan uiteindelik ouers word. Ek onthou dit nog soos gister toe ek daardie lang hospitaal gang afstap en ons dogtertjie gewaar wat rustig […]

A journey of love (Afrikaans)

Ek en my man het eerste hand se kennis oor die hartseer van onvrugbaarheid. Ons ken ook die volkome vreugde en geluk wat aanneming bring. Die volgende is ‘n opsomming oor die buiten gewone omstandighede wat ons gelei het om aanneming te kies. Al wat ek nog ooit wou gehad het uit die lewe was […]