IMPLEMENTATION OF ADOPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA: PERSPECTIVES FROM PRACTITIONERS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

  • Jean Luyt Stellenbosch University
  • Leslie Swartz Stellenbosch University
Keywords: adoption, alternative care, legal and policy framework, legal policy framework, policy implementation, practitioners, street-level bureaucracy

Abstract

In South Africa adoption as a form of alternative care had decreased despite a supportive legal and policy environment. This qualitative exploratory study explored adoption policy implementation. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four social workers and two magistrates implementing adoption in the Western Cape. Data were thematically analysed using Lipsky’s theory of street-level bureaucracy. Results indicate significant problems in implementation, including lack of adoption services by the Department of Social Development (DSD) social workers; overuse of foster care; and difficulties in registration of the birth of abandoned babies and babies assumed to be foreign. Recommendations for practice are provided.

Author Biographies

Jean Luyt, Stellenbosch University
Postgraduate student, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Leslie Swartz, Stellenbosch University
Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Published
2022-06-09
Section
Articles