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Can I choose the child I want to adopt?

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No, South Africa does not have a system where adoptive parents can consult a set of profiles from which to select a child, and the practice of visiting homes to see adoptable babies is discouraged. They can, however, express some desires and wishes regarding race and gender and the social worker will be aware of what your heart desires. For the most part, the birth mother will chose who she considers to be the best for her baby. It is important to begin the journey with the decision to adopt, and not as a result of seeing a child in need of a family.

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