From the Blog

Welcoming Children to Our Care

  People often ask how children arrive to our care at Acres of Love. We are registered and licensed with the South African government to offer long-term care to children who have been orphaned and/or abandoned. Each child is unique, and so are their stories. Infant abandonment is a critical issue in South Africa today […]

The Garret McGann Malibongwe Forever Home

With joyful hearts we share that our Garret McGann Malibongwe Forever Home is officially open in Cape Town! This newest Acres of Love Forever Home will allow us to rescue six more children who have been orphaned or abandoned in South Africa. They will be welcomed into a family home with loving house parents and the […]

Thank you for partnering with us

  As we relish the last few days of 2017 with our Forever Families, we look back on the year with gratitude. Thank you for coming alongside our work to rescue children and create families. This year we continued to provide the very best medical, emotional, educational, and nutritional care for each child at Acres […]

National Women’s Day

On August 9, 1956, women of all races in South Africa marched together, many with children on their backs, against unjust laws of oppression. Today’s National Holiday commemorates their strength, bravery, and courage and we celebrate the women here at Acres of Love who spend each day defending the rights of South Africa’s most vulnerable […]

Tutoring Program: Investing in Education and Relationships

As our children get older, we’re excited to explore opportunities for them to use their gifts to bless others. We started a new tutoring program this term with our upper secondary and university students. They travel to local Acres of Love Forever Family Homes to help our younger students with after-school homework, study prep, and […]

Breaking the Orphan Cycle

Sometimes we have weeks to prepare for a child. Other times, a judge requests immediate and emergency placement within a few hours. Either way, our entire team steps up to welcome each child to our care with love and attention to detail. Yesterday we received an emergency placement for an infant boy, Mangaliso (name changed […]

A Day in the Life at Acres of Love

When we talk with people, we find that they often assume Acres of Love is an orphanage. While we are a registered Child and Youth Care Centre and NPO in South Africa, “orphanage” is not a term that best describes our model of care.  While institutions offer survival, we seek to rescue children and create […]

Waiting to Welcome Philani Home

People often ask us about the process of receiving children to our care. Most of the time, government social workers contact us about specific children in need of placement. Some children are abandoned in fields, on street corners, or at shebeens in informal settlements. Others are left at police stations or hospitals. Because there are 3 […]

Acres of Love at the Festival of Children!

Each year, Acres of Love is invited to participate in the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. The Festival of Children is celebrating National Child Awareness Month in September and this is close to our heart. Acres of Love is passionate about providing each child in our care with the very […]

Our Special Needs Advancement Center Opens in Cape Town

Adults with special needs are extremely stigmatized in South Africa and many are institutionalized or kept away from society.  It is our desire to think outside the box, and offer a better future for the older children in our care. Over the last 18 years, we have developed a reputation for being able to offer […]

South Africa and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

World FAS Day in South Africa continues to educate and encourage expectant mothers about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant. As we continue our work both in Johannesburg and Cape Town, we are inundated by the daily reality of living with FAS. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS, affects many of our children due to […]

KIIS Community Council

May 26, 2014 Acres of Love was asked to be a part of Clear Channel’s KIIS FM Community Council and two of our team members were interviewed for local radio stations about our work and children.  We are always excited to share our story with others… click here to listen to the interview!    

A Note About Why We Don’t Show Faces

April 11, 2014 We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but you see a lot of shoes on our social media posts. Our website is filled with side profiles and “behind the head” shots. Sometimes we’ll blur out the faces, show you some knees, or have a lot of distance between the camera and the children. […]

Welcoming Vulnerable Children

March 4, 2014 Many places of safety (the first stop in South Africa’s orphan care system) are struggling to provide the necessities for children in their care. Things like food and clean drinking water aren’t easy to provide, but services such as therapy or proper wheelchairs to offer postural support for children living with things […]

Join us for coffee!

Join one of our quarterly “Connect with Acres” gatherings at our Acres of Love office in San Juan Capistrano.  We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about Acres of Love in a casual and intimate setting.  We’ll tailor the presentation of each morning to the people in attendance, and hope to engage our friends, […]