​URGENT LEGAL NOTIFICATION TO ALL FOSTER PARENTS (Incl. Grandparents who are fostering)

As sad as it may be for us as foster parents to hear, for the sake of protecting ourselves and our foster children, I have to bring the following URGENT LEGAL MATTER to the attention of all foster parents (Incl. Grandparents who are fostering).
PHOTO’S OF FOSTER CHILDREN ON ANY SOCIAL MEDIA (FACEBOOK/ WHATSAPP PROFILE PICTURES/ TWITTER etc.) are prohibited!!!  According to CHILDREN’S ACT 38 OF 2005, Part 4, ss 74-75 – DISCLOSURE OF THE IDENTITY OF CHILDREN INVOLVED IN COURT PROCEEDINGS (therefore including all foster children) ARE UNLAWFUL, AND CAN LEAD TO PROSECUTION.

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About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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2 Responses to ​URGENT LEGAL NOTIFICATION TO ALL FOSTER PARENTS (Incl. Grandparents who are fostering)

  1. Hi Helouise,

    Thank you for this reminder, I had forgotten about this. I just wanted to find out if the same rules apply for the biological parent/s of a child in foster care? To clarify; may the biological parent of a child in foster care put photos of the said child on social media?

    Thanks, Sarah

    • Good day. In my opinion, as the biological patents retain parental rights of their children it may not apply completely to them, but I can unfortunately not give you a definite answer. Maybe a Attorney or Magistrate reading this blog can give us more insight and an definitive answer.

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