Child and Family Matters

Adoption

For U.S. and South Africa adoption procedures please refer to our Adoption page.

Births & Eligibility for a Consular Report of Birth

A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Find more information in our birth section.

International Parental Child Abduction

South Africa is a Hague Convention Partner with regard to child abductions.  For in-depth information on the workings of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, visit the Department of State’s International Parental Child Abduction page (South Africa).

Marriage

Visit our Getting Married in South Africa page.