How we help

At Arise, we believe that every child should be raised in a thriving family.
We promote and support adoption and foster care for children without
families and we provide quality family support through community organisation
partnerships in resource-poor communities. By helping to create and sustain
permanent, thriving family environments for children, we can be a part of
emptying every children’s home and keeping them empty!

The Arise Family Centre

Based in Heideveld on the Cape Flats, Arise is uniquely positioned to impact
existing families in resource- poor communities and to work city-wide to
promote new families through adoption and foster care. Our Family Centre
model is based around collaborative partnerships with community organisations,
delivering a high-quality holistic service to families. Through therapeutic and
psychosocial groups, individual and family therapy and counselling, and both
formal training and informal coaching of community lay counsellors and church
outreach workers, we serve the community on all levels. All linked to local churches and community organisations, these services are professionally delivered at no cost to clients to serve and empower families in some of Cape Town’s most
economically disadvantaged communities.

“I have learnt to listen better to others, and I feel more equipped to handle difficult situations.
Most importantly, I have learnt the importance, the power and the difficulty of forgiveness.”
Basic Counselling Skills Course graduate 2014

Transformational advocacy

Arise practices advocacy that leads to change. In collaboration with a number of partners, we organise an annual Adoption Conference to challenge potential adoptive families to parent more effectively. We are also working on a broad scale at the highest levels to transform systems of policy implementation to ensure faster and better pathways to permanent families for children in institutional care.


Not content with the status quo, we have engaged hundreds of stakeholders across Cape Town to facilitate the implantation of better systems for planning permanent placements for children in institutional care.


We are committed to seeing children placed in secure, thriving, permanent families. We provide pre-adoption advice and signposting, post-placement support through facilitated groups, and each year we host a large Adoption Conference for prospective adoptive families covering a wide range of relevant topics.

More info on this year’s conference…

Join us

We cannot accomplish anything alone! We are thankful for each and every one of our partners who commits to praying for us, volunteering with us, or giving generously to our mission.

Click here to find out more about joining the Arise family…