Please sign our petition in support of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini to take respinsibility for South Africa's abandoned children:
Abandoned children are being forgotten in South Africa. The department of Social Development does not measure how many children are abandoned annually and as such, it does not have to account for and take responsibility for them. Child welfare organisations estimated that over 3500 children were abandonedin 2010 and more than 120 000 illegal abortions conducted annually, more than 30% are done after 26 weeks(considered a viable birth). If the department of Social Development, in partnership with the department of Health, Education and the Police, took responsibility for this growing social challenge, wewould know how many children are abandoned, where, when and why, and we would be able to start solving this national crisis.
Are you pregnant and alone?
Every year, thousands of women are faced with the unexpected news that they are pregnant. These are most often teenagers, but could just as easily be a single mother of three facing an unplanned pregnancy. From that moment on, lives are changed forever.
There are decisions to be made and challenges to be met at a time when you are feeling emotionally confused and overwhelmed at the sudden change of direction your life is about to take. You may feel totally alone and too inexperienced in life to make such enormous decisions. At the same time the pregnancy brings about physical changes in your body, plays havoc with your hormones and scrambles your emotions.
If you think you may be facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to get it confirmed as soon as possible. Early knowledge of the pregnancy is vitally important as it will allow you more time to make a decision about the outcome of your pregnancy—and your life.