Johannesburg - The National Department of Social Development on Thursday said fees should not be charged for adoption as it is not a business but a child protection measure.
Department of Social Development spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant said: "There are 23 civil society organisations that form part of the National Child Care and Protection Forum (NCCPF) - including the National Adoption Coalition of South Africa.
"The Adoption Fee Clause amendment provides that adoption is one of the designated child protection services as stipulated in Section 105 (5) of the Act."
Oliphant said the state was already taking financial responsibility for all designated child protection services, which must include adoption services. There is no reason why adoption services should be isolated and receive special focus, she said.
The department said although there was much public interest in the removal of the Adoption Fee Clause, as proposed in the Children’s Act Amendment, it must be noted that it began consulting on changes to the act in 2016.