CPI SA celebrates World Adoption Day

Care Protect Invest South Africa (CPI SA) celebrates World Adoption Day and hopes to raise awareness of adoption in South Africa. This special day is an educational opportunity that aims to support families with the adoption process and is endorsed by ambassadors from all walks of life around the globe who recognise the wonder and love of families brought together through adoption.

Hank Fortener, the founder of the adoption crowdfunding platform AdoptTogether, began World Adoption Day in 2014. He wanted to use one day in November as a time to bring people together in support of a mission: “A world with no more orphans, a family for every child.” CPI SA supports this mission.

The executive Head of CPI SA, Dinah Bronkhorst says adoption creates a safe space for a vulnerable child to live. She shares the following story that touched her deeply: “A while ago we went to fetch a little boy from the hospital – his mother had died of cancer. I recognised the social worker and noticed the small, slender blonde boy next to her. Shoulders pulled together, his head hanging low and his fingers clinging to a dirty ninja backpack, his only possession. I greeted the social worker and sat down next to the little boy and said to him: “Wow, you have a nice bag.” The child then looked into my eyes and said: “Auntie, my mom is dead” and I saw the pain and fear in his eyes.

Bronkhorst adds: “A house means so much more than a roof over our heads. For a child, it means enough food to eat, a plaster if he or she gets hurt and a warm bed to sleep in. The basic needs of childhood that are not necessarily found within the walls of luxury or poverty. A child who grows up in a home filled with patience, love, and care is anchored within the walls of family stability, safety, and security. Adoption creates a home filled with acceptance, a life filled with exuberant laughter, giggling, fun, and a closet with a name on it, in which that blonde boy can unpack his dirty ninja backpack – because he finally has a place where he belongs again,” says Bronkhorst.

For anyone who has been touched by adoption, November 9 is a great opportunity to honour and share your stories. Other ways you can choose to celebrate the day include:

  • Sharing your connection to adoption along with your smiley face photo and talking about what World Adoption Day means to you and your family.
  • Celebrating the birth culture of international adoptees today by making a meal from their country of origin, attending a cultural festival, reading a book together about their birth country, etc.
  • Honouring the memory of birth family members by lighting a candle, saying a special prayer together, or by writing them a letter or drawing them a picture.
  • Retelling the story of how your family came together, asking questions, and sharing memories.

CPI SA is a non-profit organisation involved in uplifting communities through care initiatives such as food parcel distribution, foster homes, day care centres, and care homes. CPI SA protects the vulnerable by transforming children’s courts to child-friendly environments, offering counselling and trauma support for sexually abused children, and feeding programs. 

Its innovative interventions promote education, social and economic development. Please visit https://cpi-sa.org.za/donate/ to see how you can contribute.

As part of CPI SA’s effort to raise awareness about adoption in South Africa, we ask the public to text the word SMILE to 40112 to donate R20 to CPI SA. This donation will make a huge difference in the lives of the children in our foster homes and care homes.

*Each SMS costs R20 and terms and conditions apply.

To celebrate World Adoption Day, draw a smiley face on the palm of your hand, take a photo and post it on social media using the hashtag #WorldAdoptionDay.

For media enquiries contact:  

Dinah Bronkhorst – Executive Head

Cell: 072 126 1158

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Foster Care Club

Inspired by World Foster Care Month celebrated in November, CPI-SA in 2019 launched a Foster Care Club supporting South African Foster parents. The club serves as a connection to bring foster parents together.

Parents can send their:

  • Questions;
  • Messages; or
  • Thoughts and struggles to CPI-SA.

We will reach out offering help.

Alternatively send us an e-mail: cpisacommunication@gmail.com

Bags of Mercy Initiative

South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women (GBV). The Bags of Mercy Initiative mobilises women to become an invisible friend to an abused woman by gifting a handbag – old or new – filled with things that can make her rediscover her self-worth.

Abuse against women usually takes place behind closed doors:
Hard words where no-one else can hear.
Blows where no-one can see it.

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Be a Santa to someone Project

Each Christmas we strive to surprise the children at our foster care homes and caring facilities with a special gift. CPI-SA asks the public to give a little piece of their heart by getting involved in the annual “Be-Santa-To-Someone” project. This way you can easily warm a child’s heart and put a cheer into an unfortunate child’s Christmas stocking.

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PROTECT

  • Bursary programmes granting children a prosperous future.
  • Counselling & Trauma support for sexually abused children.
  • Community Homes to support needy children/teens (Grade 1 to 12).
  • Skills Development programmes to combat unemployment: Soft skills, Handy work, Trade.
  • Development programmes: Financial Management, Safety and Emotional Intelligence.
  • Training Environment programmes: Arthur Project, K9 Watchdog.
  • Transforming SA Children’s Courts to Child friendly environments.

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By means of our Foster Homes, Day Care Centres, FAS Caring Homes and Underprivileged Family Feeding programmes we offer individuals a safe place to live, learn and thrive. Please support our caring initiatives and feeding schemes.

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CPI-SA’s innovative interventions are designed to promote education, social and economic development. Thanks to the loyal support of individuals and companies we create opportunities for underprivileged people to rise above their circumstances by offering:

  • Study funds, Study Loans and Bursaries.
  • Education and Training.
  • Housing and viable community projects.

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