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Biological parents of abandoned Mabopane infant not located

It has been a year since NGO CARE NET Development and Support stumbled across An abandoned baby. The boy was found at a dumping site in Winterveldt behind Mabopane Stationlast year by Loate Police offers.                                                                         

The director of CARE NET, Mmatsatsi Makgohloa said at the time when they found the newborn no one was sure of how long he had been at the site. 

Care-Net officials working with the SAPS attempted to reach out to his parents or someone related to him without much success. 

Mokgohloa, said the baby was found in one of the dumping sites in Winterveldt by the  SAPS who took the child to Mabopane’s ODI district hospital. 

“The Loate Police officers took the child to ODI hospital for medical assessments, after the assessments they found that the child was not sick and he was discharged. The hospital social workers called us to come collect the three-month-old,” said Mokgohloa.

She told Gauteng News their organization decided to place thebaby in foster.  

“Before the baby was placed in foster care, we took him to a children’s home in Johannesburg at Walter Sisulu Children’s Home in Soweto where foster parents were also found. Now the child Welfare does the visits to the child because we are far from the child” said Mokgohloa.

Xoliswa Mayeza, a social worker at Care-Net said they received a call from ODI hospital to assist the child with documentation.

“We had to do medical assessments which was followed by ensuring the child was registered by the Department of Home Affairs.  As the child was unknown, he had to be registered under Social Workers and be assessed for suitable foster care parents,” she said. 

She added that even though they had tried finding the child’s parents, they assured themselves that they are not going to give back the child to the mother because she had dumped the child.

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