Profile of requirements – Austrian authorities

  • minimum age: 25 years
  • valid foster care license issued by the MAG11 Vienna (main residence has to be in Vienna) or
  • acceptance into the waiting list of the competent youth welfare authority in Lower Austria (main residence has to be in Lower Austria) or
  • positive assessment of suitability carried out by the Kinderdorf Vorarlberg (main residence has to be in Vorarlberg)

Profile of requirements – South African authorities

  • minimum age: 28 years
  • maximum age: 45 years
    (exceptions can only be made if it is likely to be picked for a child before the 50th birthday and the applicants show special potential for the needs of the waiting children)
  • willingness to adopt a child that is up to 3 (3.9) years of age
  • minimum length of stay: 4-5 weeks
  • no direct communication between applicants with homes or authorities (non-compliance will result in exclusion form the adoption process)

Application requirements

South Africa accepts applicants regardless of marital status, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or other world views.

Austria only accepts applicants from the states of Vienna, Lower Austria and Vorarlberg.

We are primarily looking for

  • married couples below the age of 45 years
  • people applying for children older than 4 years of age
  • people applying for children with special needs

Necessary characteristics and skills of adoption applicants

  • willingness to adopt a dark-skinned child
  • great flexibility regarding the child’s profile (characteristics and age of the adopted child)
  • very good English language skills
  • flexibility regarding waiting periods
  • interest for the country’s history as well as cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the South African society
  • willingness to adapt to the child and his/her needs
  • willingness to look into the child’s biography
  • readiness to undertake a homeland journey to South Africa (even years after the adoption has taken place)
  • profound introspection regarding the desire to have children (biological/adopted child)
  • recognising and developing one’s supporting potentials and limits

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