HERITAGE DAY: HELP ADOPTED CHILDREN KEEP SA ROOTS

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Tomorrow is Heritage Day in South Africa, “heritage” being “something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth” (Dictionary.com). But for differently abled South African children who’ve been adopted by non South Africans, it ironically marks 125 days since Home Affairs decided it couldn’t decide if adoption terminates all cultural nexus, rendering them “non South African”. Try explaining to a cognitively compromised 3 year old - or in American Sign Language to anyone of any age - that (1) no one in SA came forward to adopt you; (2) you are now being separated from your new family who did choose to care for you; (3) you have a court order for a SA passport, but you aren’t getting one, so you can’t leave, either. And yes, we protested with you outside Provincial DHA after going to Parliament, and yes, we have begged our President, Ministers of Home Affairs, Social Development and International Relations to intervene. We’ve even reached out to the US Consulate and Washington DC. No one is listening. But happy Heritage Day. Hlala Kakuhle. Stay well. Please sign this petition to add your voice to our advocacy for these children and their families.