Adoption on hold over licence

Taschica Pillay
Published:Nov 09, 2008

 A childless Gauteng couple’s wish to give a Mumbai toddler a home has been dashed by bureaucratic bungling.
The wife and husband are among 20 couples waiting to adopt children from India.
The couple, who have been married for 12 years, had expected to make a home for the child in August, but ran into trouble when the local adoption organisation’s licence lapsed.
They started the process in February 2007 after failing to find a child locally. “ There were no Indian babies available, which is why we tried the Indian way,” the husband said.
The director of adoptions in the Department of Social Development, Tebogo Mabe, said the agency’s licence with the Central Authority of India had expired and the adoption was put on hold pending renewal of the licence. The department had asked Indian authorities to fast-track the process.
Razia Sattar, who adopted her child from India, said she waited for about five years to adopt an Indian child locally until she found out about adopting from India.