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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

Chapter 12 : Foster Care

187. Reunification of child with biological parent


(1) If a children's court placing a child in foster care is of the view that reunification between the child and the child's biological parents is possible and in the best interest of the child, the court must issue the placement order subject to conditions providing for a designated social worker to facilitate such reunification as contemplated in section 156(3)(a).


(2) If the child has not been reunited with the child's biological parents two months before the expiry of the initial court order or any extension of the order, the designated social worker appointed to facilitate the reunification must submit a report to the children's court—
(a) explaining why the child was not reunited with the biological parents; and
(b) recommending any steps that may be taken to stabilise the child's life.


(3) The children's court considering the report may—
(a) order that the designated social worker must continue facilitating the reunification; or
(b) order the termination of the reunification services if there are no prospects of reunification.