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It makes it harder for child protection organisations to play a role with the enactment of the Children's Amendment Bill looming over their heads.

A report by Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services has highlighted a shocking statistic about how thousands of infants are abandoned in South Africa every year.

As worrying as these statistics may be, they only relate to children who have been found alive. Thus, it is unimaginable what the true extent of this crisis is.

How many infants are abandoned in South Africa every year?

According to Impilo, an estimated 3 500 infants are abandoned in the country every year, and their displacement in society is exacerbated by the impending implementation of the Children’s Amendment Bill.