Jo'burg Child Welfare (JCW) is a non-profit organisation (NPO) founded in 1909. We provide a range of direct services to abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and vulnerable children (including those who are infected or have been affected by HIV and AIDS in the greater Johannesburg area). We pride ourselves on the fact that we are one of the oldest NPO’s in South Africa. We recently celebrated 109 years of service to children in need, their families and the wider community.

Our vision is of a society where children can grow up strong, safe and happy, where parents and caregivers can create the best possible family setting, so that no child suffers. Jo’burg Child Welfare has played a pivotal role in child care and protection strategies across the country. Nationally we advise on legislation to protect children, and through advocacy work we ensure children have a voice to influence services which affect them.

Our Services


Child and Family Unit (CFU)

CFU is the first point of entry into the organisation. This unit deals with children from birth to 12 years at intake level.


The Adoption team is a specialised team dedicated to the permanent placement of abandoned babies and children and those for whom consent for adoption has been given.

Foster Care and Reunification Services

The Foster Care Department is responsible for recruitment, screening and training foster parents as well as the supervision and monitoring of foster care placements.

Child Abuse Treatment and Training Services (CATTS)

CATTS treatment offers a holistic, comprehensive and specialised therapeutic service to child survivors of sexual abuse and their families.

Aganang Training Centre

Jo'burg Child Welfare initiated the establishment of a training centre for the training of social auxiliary workers.


Grass roots advocacy involves empowerment of those affected by a given social ill.