How Joining Hands began
Chris and Carina van Heerden have volunteered as Place of Safety Parents since 2006. They wanted and hoped to make difference to an abandoned child’s life.
“It is import that every child in need should have the opportunity to experience the love and stability provided within the family unit. At Joining Hands, children in crisis have the opportunity to become part of a family again.”
In 2006, they received an abandoned baby girl at eight days old. She is now 11 years old, and they have adopted her. She has been diagnosed as a Cerebral Palsy sufferer in addition to other medical problems.
“What an inspiration our little girl is to us. As young as she is, she is always smiling and never gives up. She showed us that by giving love and care, a child will flourish.”
Over the years, Joining Hands has helped 50 babies. They opted to take in four babies at a time, which are up for adoption, on a short term basis. This however has not always been the case, due to number of circumstances, some of the children have stayed up to 17 months.