WandisaTM is a specialised child protection organisation designated to provide expert social work services to vulnerable children. Uniquely positioned, we intervene to ensure safe care for children in crises and support vulnerable families. We strive to find a “forever home” for every child in need of a family, because we have seen how adoption transforms lives. We believe children add enormous value to families and societies – “Wandisa” in isiZulu and isiXhosa means “one who adds to the family”. We are honoured to serve children through adoption nationally into South African families and internationally in terms of our accreditation and Hague Intercountry Working Agreements.
Who We Are
What We Do
What We Do
Our phenomenal social workers give their all to prioritise and protect neglected, abused, abandoned, orphaned, and institutionalised “Little People”. WandisaTM walks each child through the statutory processes necessary to protect that child and have him/her declared adoptable. WandisaTM also counsels birth parents in crisis, finds temporary safe care and interim foster placement options for children, supervises those placements, facilitates reunification where this is best for the child, screens, and equips adoptive parents, matches and refers adoptable children – and provides post-placement services!
Meet The Team
“I strive to live a life of significance that impacts generations to come, starting with our own family. And yes – having nurtured and then established Wandisa™, I do see Wandisa as one of “my babies”! It is an honour to see Wandisa™ grow and for me to mentor and be part of a dynamic professional team that profoundly influences children’s lives.”
Debbie loves spending time with the special people in her life, travelling, reading, cooking, writing poetry and drinking red wine.
Her life motto is: “Always celebrate life’s punctuation marks”.
“I would describe myself as a family man, committed to God, and prioritising our family. My greatest satisfaction is using what I have to serve those around me”.
Brad loves being outdoors, spending time in his garden. He is also a sports enthusiast, and as an ardent supporter of the Sharks and our national team, the Springboks, cites his favourite hobby as watching rugby.
His life motto is: “Service before Self”.
When asked about her best memories, Renate says “it is difficult to think of specific highlights because I absolutely love what I do”. If she had to select those things that have stood out the most for her, she would include every time a child moves from an institution or a temporary setting into a “forever family”, whether that be through reunification or national or international adoption. Her favourite things to do when she is not working are spending time with her husband, family and friends, going hiking, having picnics and exploring South Africa.
Her life motto is: “Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”.
“The feeling of knowing that this child was in safe, loving and caring hands was just out of this world. It makes everything worth it!” Her favourite times outside of work are spent outdoors with friends, going to the cinema and trying out new restaurants. “You never know what you’re capable of until you challenge yourself”.
Her life motto is: “If you can’t put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”
Her life motto is: “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart”.
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with husband, children and extended family, watching movies, braaiing and shopping.
Her life motto is “too blessed to be stressed!”.
Rose loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, family and friends. She also enjoys browsing her local markets.
Her life motto is “To live for God’s glory alone”.
Where To Find Us
1st Floor, Orange House, 63 Caledon Street,
Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa, 7130