Marlise Viljoen has been working as a Social Worker in the adoption field for the past thirteen years. She has a passion for working with couples struggling with infertility and assisting them through adoption to become a family.
She was employed as a Social Worker at Abba Specialist Adoption and Social Services from 2002 till March 2007. During this time she dealt with the Screening and Preparation of National Adoptive Parents, Statutory Work for the Pretoria region, Birth Parent Care as well as Origin Enquiries.
Since April 2007 she is contracted as a part-time consultant for Abba Specialist Adoption Services. She delivers services in the National Adoption Programme including screening of applicants and presenting of preparation groups on an ad-hoc basis.
Throughout her career she has had the privilege to be instrumental in creating many happy families through adoption.
Elke Day has been involved in adoptions in many ways – through starting Botshabelo Children’s Home in 2000, born from her passion of finding families for the children in her care. Through networking she facilitated adoptions when appropriate, as well as encouraging reunification with biological families when possible.
She adopted Senze and Buhle. Senze was adopted as a baby and Buhle at the age of 6 years. She therefore has experience of cross cultural adoption with different age groups and the challenges faced at different developmental stages.
She has been running a support group for adoptive mothers for several years and also has a Facebook group to share information relevant to adoptive parents, especially those who cannot access other services and support.