Adoptions and foster care placements

Children at Durbanville Children’s Home are between the ages of two and 18 and most of them are in contact with parents or other family members.

Durbanville Children’s Home does not facilitate adoptions. However, Magdalena Huis, another BADISA programme in Boston, could assist prospective parents with adoptions and can be contacted on 021 948 3637 or 021 949 1656.

Durbanville Children’s Home does not facilitate foster care placements. In order to gain more information about foster care placements, kindly contact:

The Department of Social Development on 021 940 7100;

The ACVV Head Office in Zonnebloem on 021 461 7437;

Child Welfare on 021 638 3127

Community service, student queries and school projects

Durbanville Children’s Home is very grateful for interest from students and schools and their enthusiasm to become involved with the Home. However, unfortunately there is limited space available at the Home each term. Therefore students are allowed on a “first come, first served” basis. Students who cannot be accommodated at Durbanville Children’s Home are referred elsewhere. Students are also welcome and encouraged to attend information sessions held at the Home on the last Tuesday of every month in order to obtain information for projects. See details of information sessions below.

Information sessions

In order to become a volunteer at Durbanville Children’s Home, interested parties need to attend a compulsory information session on the LAST MONDAY of every month January to October (depending on lockdown rules and regulations allowances) at the Home at 18:30. This is the first step to becoming a volunteer and all are welcome at the sessions without prior confirmation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does Durbanville Children’s Home take children from all religions?

Durbanville Children’s Home cares for all children in need, irrespective of their religious backgrounds.

How are children admitted to Durbanville Children's Home and are homeless children accommodated?

Orphaned and abandoned children in South Africa are placed with the organisation that best meets the needs of each child. This is determined by the Children’s Court.

Do the children have to leave the children's home when they turn 18?

Provision is made in the Children’s Act for young people to obtain permission from the Department of Social Development to remain in the Children’s Home until the end of the year in which they turn 21 if the continued stay in the Children’s Home is necessary to enable that person to complete his or her education or training.

Why is Durbanville Children's Home built and equipped to such a high standard?

Not only do all facilities at Durbanville Children’s Home meet the minimum requirements stipulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, but staff at the Home also believes in offering children every opportunity to reach their full potential. In order to achieve this, only the best quality is offered in all aspects ranging from accommodation to education. As a result, children from Durbanville Children’s Home have even represented South Africa in several different disciplines.

Does Durbanville Children’s Home receive any government assistance?

Durbanville Children’s Home does receive a government subsidy per capita. In order to receive this subsidy, the Home has to draw up an annual service plan and achieve certain contractually agreed outcomes and outputs.

How are caregivers trained?

All of our CYCW’s are receiving the FET Certificate in Child and Youth Care Work through collaborating with NACOSA, an accredited service provider.

Do any of the children at the home have AIDS?

Durbanville Children’s Home does not, and is not allowed to, test children for AIDS before they are accepted into the Home. Once the Home has become the child’s legal guardian, testing is only done if symptoms are displayed in order to give the child access to the best possible medical treatment. As a preventative measure, caregivers are trained to treat all children in the same way from the beginning of their stay. An example is the use of gloves at all times when treating wounds. This eliminates any noticeable differences should a child have a positive AIDS diagnosis.

How does the home address the current global HIV/AIDS crisis?

Durbanville Children’s Home operates a range of family strengthening programmes based on the principles of family development planning.

Are visitors welcome at Durbanville Children's Home?

Due to child protection and safety no “walk in” visitors are allowed. The Children’s Home holds monthly information sessions once per month on the last Monday of every month January to October , where overall information about our home, its history, and the services that we provide are given. The Children’s Home also provides other opportunities throughout the year such as Open Days and our Annual General Meeting ( Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for notifications as to when these events will be taking place ) Should you like to arrange a meeting and a viewing of our home in terms of Fundraising and Marketing opportunities kindly contact our Marketing and Fundraising manager dch@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za Should you like to become involved as a company as part of your CSI program kindly contact volunteer@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za Should you be an organisation wanting to present fun activities for our children kindly book an appointment with our programs co ordinator KV1@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za Should you be interested in general volunteering opportunities kindly contact volunteer@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za Should you be students needing to complete projects kindly contact volunteer@durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za Thank you for your understanding in the importance of protecting our children’s privacy and safety at all times.

How can interested parties help children at the home?

Children at Durbanville Children’s Home always need caring individuals to share the responsibility for their well-being now and in future. All contributions make it possible for the Home to help and educate children to help themselves in the future, instead of leaving them to their own devices and a life of hopelessness and poverty. Contributions can be made in any of the following ways:
Monthly contributions through the Sponsor a Child project
Supporting one or more of our events
Assisting with our campaigns
Sponsorship of a specific project
Financial donations
Bequests and legacies

How can interested parties help children at the home?

Children at Durbanville Children’s Home always need caring individuals to share the responsibility for their well-being now and in future. All contributions make it possible for the Home to help and educate children to help themselves in the future, instead of leaving them to their own devices and a life of hopelessness and poverty. Contributions can be made in any of the following ways:
Monthly contributions through the Sponsor a Child project
Supporting one or more of our events
Assisting with our campaigns
Sponsorship of a specific project
Financial donations
Bequests and legacies

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