Foster care in South Africa is overburdened says social work practitioner

"The foster-care system is failing our children in South Africa. University of the Western Cape has done a study on this and has found some alarming information."

Candice Fortune is a social work practitioner and has done work around the particular issues facing the foster care system.

Fortune explains that doing work in the foster care sector requires an in depth knowledge of how the law works. She adds that this enforces morality and preserves the cohesiveness of society.

Foster care focuses ideally on children in need of care and protection. Foster care finds its roots in making sure that a child is unified with family.

Candice Fortune, social work practitioner

Fortune says the child support grant is ideally there to alleviate poverty while the child care foster grant is meant to provide for children placed in foster care. She adds that a challenge they face often is where families opt for foster care to earn the foster care grant owing to high numbers of poverty.

With a foster care application, a process is started by what we refer to statutory or court invention explains Fortune. She goes on to say the it was in 2012 when the social development department was taken to court because of an overburdened system and where court orders had begun lapsing.

Child law experts have appealed to the social development department to introduce kinship care where family members care for children of their own and orphaned relatives. They want that form of care formalised.

Candice Fortune, social work practitioner

Social workers at present are also overburned.

Candice Fortune, social work practitioner

Take a listen to the interview in the audio below:


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