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Adoption from South Africa - is it possible?

Hi everyone,

I am South African and living here in Switzerland. I am trying to find out whether I can adopt a child from South Africa. I have spoken to the South African side and they tell me that they do not have a working relationship with Switzerland but that if the Swiss authorities are open to the adoption they can work out a memorandum of understanding and proceed. The problem is I cannot figure out how to find out from the Swiss side if this is a possibility. Can anyone advise on whether this is possible and who I can contact in the Swiss authorities please?

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Old 23.04.2016, 21:23
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Re: Adoption from South Africa - is it possible?

This thread is a bit old, but may contain links that may have been updated since. Might be worth a look? Good luck!

International Adoptions: where to begin?
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Re: Adoption from South Africa - is it possible?

It has been done before. A check of Swiss governmental statistics show one citizenship naturalization of a South African by adoption in the past five years. This occurred in the period 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2012.

According to the below link, the Geneva authorities responsible for adoptions are:

DIP - Office de la jeunesse
Service d'autorisation et de surveillance des lieux de placement
Autorité centrale cantonale en matière d'adoption
7, rue des Granges
1204 Genève
E-Mail adoption-geneve@etat.ge.ch

http://www.adoption.ch/adoptiveltern...land-adoption/

Also, could the contacts at the website adoption.ch assist you?
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Re: Adoption from South Africa - is it possible?

Why not phone South African Embassy in Bern or put an appointment to find out what are the odds?
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Re: Adoption from South Africa - is it possible?

Thank you so much for your quick replies! This is really helpful information, we will definitely get in touch with the SA embassy and the authorities in Geneva to find out more. I can't say enough how much I appreciate your help - we have been making enquiries for weeks without getting anywhere - now we have some clear steps forward!


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Re: Adoption from South Africa - is it possible?

Are you familiar with www.ch.ch, a umbrella site for all sorts of government procedures in Switzerland?
There, I found these, which point one to the next step.
https://www.ch.ch/en/adoption/
https://www.ch.ch/en/adopting-child/
https://www.ch.ch/en/adoption-cost/
Perhaps you know all this already, so
not sure if that helps, but I hope so.
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