Amanzi Guest House was filled with the heart-warming sounds of children with three proud new moms in December – three families from America arrived to adopt children.
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Amanzi Guest House has over the years hosted many families coming in to adopt South African babies. My husband Rob and I find it an incredibly humbling experience to witness the process.
Our admiration starts from the first emails, when we can hear how excited the prospective parents are to meet their “new child.” After staying at Amanzi for up to 4 weeks, it’s a bitter-sweet moment for us when they board the plane to go home, their South African child a part of this new family as clearly as if they had been with them from the first. In December we had an unexpected 3 families arriving from America to adopt. After a two year process, they were literally given notice of just over a week to be in SA for the legal court date which finalises the adoption – a week to get papers in order at home, pack, book flights and the multitude of things that need to be done before one leaves home for 2 – 4 weeks!
But they did It! They dropped everything, got onto the plane, arrived in the evening and the next day (too excited to be jet lagged!) drove to Johannesburg Child Welfare with their amazing social worker Anna, to meet their babies. Their babies came “home” with them, home for the next few weeks being Amanzi Guest House.
How amazing is it that the children as young as they are know that these “strangers” are the ones who will love them and whom they can trust and be safe with.
One of the American dads told me that he picked up his new two year old son, and moments after he held him, the little guy pointed to the door and said “Go”. How is it that the child instinctively seems to know where it will be better off? And its not that the children are unhappy at Johannesburg Child Welfare. They implement an inspiring Granny Programme, conceived by Johannesburg Child Welfare’s American adoption partners, Spence-Chapin. The grannies, or gogos as we know them in SA, are usually retired and unemployed women, who get trained in child care and then get assigned one or two children to love and interact with every day.
The Granny Programme concept was introduced by JCW’s US adoption partners, Spence-Chapin and Jo’burg Child Welfare is the only organisation to successfully implement this programme in Africa.
How grateful Rob and I are to be a little part of this heart-warming experience!